As part of our belief, we still continue to hold strongly to the teachings of Islam when it comes to appearance and dress code. Unlike the current followers of the media and fashion trends, Muslims choose to follow our role models: prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and his wives (Mothers of the Believers). There are misconceptions that women’s dress code in Islam is making them lose their independence and that all laws/commandments are there only to abuse Muslim women. These theories are false and that is why I am going to start by listing the prohibitions of appearance for men and this should clearly explain that these commandments are here to protect both genders.
Dress Code in Islam for Men
Men are not allowed to dress like or imitate a woman, and vice versa. Men are also prohibited from wearing any silk or gold products. Some scholars believe that beards are mandatory for men and some say it is only recommended as it is the sunnah (practice) of our beloved prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Muslims should avoid imitating fashion trends that are inappropriate for professional or public settings. For example: noticeably tight clothing, satanic/gothic fashions, revealing awra (private area from belly button to the knees), tattoos, earrings/jewelry for men or anything that misrepresents a Muslim male.
Dress Code in Islam for Women
As for women, Allah revealed in Chapter Al-Ahzab, verse 59: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them (when they go outside). There will be better, so that they may be recognized and not annoyed, Allah is All-forgiving, All-Merciful”. As agreed by ALL Islamic scholars, women have to cover all of their body, hair and show only the face and hands (and some scholars say the feet can be exposed). Therefore, hijab (scarf) is mandatory and it is worn all the time. The only times when a woman does not wear hijab is when she is at home or a private place with her husband, father, grandfather, uncles, brothers, sons in-law or any women. Some scholars also believe the niqab (covering of the face) is necessary as well, but not all scholars have agreed on this point. Sisters, I know that wearing the proper Islamic dress is difficult (especially in Western countries), but your priority as a Muslim is to please Allah and you should know that you will be highly rewarded for this. At the end, you will be revealing your beauty to the one life partner and not just any random stranger who only judges you based on your appearance. And as a man, I can guarantee you that the majority of men respect you for your modesty and admire your strong eman (belief). But please be careful, do not mix the hijab with any inappropriate dress that would contradict the idea of wearing hijab.