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    The Clothing Requirements of Islam 

    The Muslim faith has many garbs; some are used specifically for religious purposes, whereas others are used as every day wear.

    However, regardless of what the attire is used for, there are many requirements for male and female clothing which should be followed by all Muslims.

    Women’s Clothing Requirements

    The first, and perhaps the most famous requirement of Muslim women’s clothing is that they need to cover their body modestly. This is stated in the Qur’an that women should guard their modesty, which is why all female Muslim clothing will be extensive in covering the body.

    The only exception to this requirement is when a Muslim woman is undertaking pilgrimage and during prayer, when her face and hands may be left uncovered as allowed by Islam. However, the rest of the body will still be covered. This exception is an interpretation of the Hadith which states:

    “Yahya related to me from Malik from Nafi that Abdullah ibn Umar used to say that a woman in ihram should wear neither a veil nor gloves.” - Malik's Muwatta, Book 20, Number 20.5.15

    The second requirement is that clothes need to be loose enough to conceal the shape of a woman’s body. This includes clothes which adhere to the first requirement of adequately covering the body; the clothing must not show the bust, the waist, the bottom, the back or the thighs.

    The third requirement is the thickness of the material that the clothing is made out of. The clothing must be thick enough to cover the skin underneath, and to disguise any curves or feminine bodily features.

    Women’s clothing should not be used to attract the attention of men, and should not resemble the clothes of men.

    Men’s Clothing Requirements

    It is lesser known to non-Muslims that men also have areas of their body that they are forbidden to show (the awrah).

    For men, this is the area between the navel and the knees, and as with the requirements of the clothing of women, the clothing should fully cover this area, be thick enough to cover the area with no skin showing, loose enough to disguise the area and not attract the attention of women.

    They should also not be similar in any way to that of female clothing, and should not be made from silk. Men are also forbidden from wearing gold.

    Understanding the requirements that are expected of all Muslims is essential, and it is important to ensure that as a Muslim, you are adhering to the rules and teachings of the faith.

    There are also specific requirements with regards to the clothing that you will need for your sacred pilgrimage. For all your Hajj and Umrah needs, Your Travel Shop are here to help. If you would like to find out more find out how we can help you plan your Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages, feel free to contact us today.

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