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Is it forbidden in Islam for women to wear sarees, as it is basically a dress of hindus?

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1. I hear it from many people that we should recite a particular verse for the first 10 days of Ramadhan and a particular verse for the 2nd 10 days of Ramdhan and a particular verse in the 3rd 10 days of Ramdhan. Now, can u plz tell me if this kind of zikr was commanded by Allah s.w.t. in the holy Quran or was practiced by his messnger (PBUH).?


2. I read in a book named "Answer to non-muslims` common questions about Islam" in which Dr. Zakir Naik states 6 criteria for hijaab. In that he mentioned the 6th criteria as "The clothes worn should not resemble that of the unbelievers ....that is, they should not wear clothes that are specifically identities or symblos of the unbelievers` religion". Now my question is, is it forbidden to wear clothes of this kind? To be specific, is it forbidden in Islam for women to wear sarees, as it is basically a dress of hindus?

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Dress Sari

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Your Question-1: I hear it from many people that we should recite a particular verse for the first 10 days of Ramadhan and a particular verse for the 2nd 10 days of Ramdhan and a particular verse in the 3rd 10 days of Ramdhan. Now, can u plz tell me if this kind of zikr was commanded by Allah s.w.t. in the holy Quran or was practiced by his messnger (PBUH).?

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.126 Narrated by Ibn Abbas

The Prophet (saws) was the most generous amongst the people, and he used to be more so in the month of Ramadan when Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.) visited him, and Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.) used to meet him on every night of Ramadan till the end of the month. The Prophet (saws) used to recite the Holy Quran to Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.) (in Ramadan), and when Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.) met him, he (saws) used to be more generous than a fast wind (which causes rain and welfare).


 

The Prophet (saws) used to rehearse, revise and recite the entire Glorious Quran with Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.) every Ramadan, and in the year before his (saws) death, the Prophet (saws) recited the whole Quran twice with Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.) in the blessed month of Ramadan.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.819 Narrated by Aisha

Once Fatimah (r.a., the beloved daughter of the Prophet (saws)) came walking and her gait resembled the gait of the Prophet (saws). The Prophet (saws) said, "Welcome, O my daughter!" Then he (saws) made her sit on his right or on his left side, and then he told her a secret and she started weeping. I asked her, "Why are you weeping?" He (saws) again told her a secret and she started laughing. I said, "I never saw happiness so near to sadness as I saw today!" I asked her what the Prophet (saws) had told her. She (Fatimah r.a.) said, "I would never disclose the secret of Allah's Messenger (saws)." When the Prophet (saws) died, I asked her about it. She replied: "The Prophet (saws) said, 'Every year Jibrael used to revise the Quran with me once only, but this year he has done so twice. I think this portends my death, and you will be the first of my family to follow me.' So I started weeping. Then he (saws) said. 'Don't you like to be the chief of all the ladies of Paradise or the chief of all the lady believers? So I laughed for that.' "

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 6.520 Narrated by Abu Huraira

Hadrat Jibrael (a.s.) used to repeat the recitation of the Qur'an with the Prophet (saws) once a year, but he repeated it twice with him in the year he (saws) died. The Prophet (saws) used to stay in I'tikaf for ten days every year (in the month of Ramadan), but in the year of his death, he (saws) stayed in I'tikaf for twenty days.

 

It was the Sunnah of the Prophet (saws) that he would recite and revise the whole Quran at least once in the blessed month of Ramadan and he (saws) encouraged the believers to do the same. To the best of our knowledge there is absolutely nothing in the authentic and established traditions of the Messenger of Allah (saws) whereby he (saws) himself recited a particular verse for the first, middle and last ten days of Ramadan, nor is there is any record of commanding or guiding the believers to do so.

 

Your Question-2: I read in a book named "Answer to non-muslims` common questions about Islam" in which Dr. Zakir Naik states 6 criteria for hijaab. In that he mentioned the 6th criteria as "The clothes worn should not resemble that of the unbelievers ....that is, they should not wear clothes that are specifically identities or symblos of the unbelievers` religion". Now my question is, is it forbidden to wear clothes of this kind? To be specific, is it forbidden in Islam for women to wear sarees, as it is basically a dress of hindus?

The Messenger of Allah (saws) himself, his chaste and noble family, and his noble companions themselves wore the dresses which were worn by their people of the times. Allah and His Messenger (saws) neither specified nor limited the believers to a particular Islamic dress, but rather gave some conditions which the dress one adorns himself/herself with must be fulfilled:

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 26:

26 O ye children of Adam! We have bestowed clothing upon you to cover your shame as well as to be an adornment to you; but the clothing of taqwa (piety, righteousness, etc.) that is the best. Such are among the Signs of Allah that they may receive admonition!

 

Provided that the below six conditions of apparel are not violated, there is absolutely no restriction on the type of clothing the believers are allowed to wear in Islam:

  1. Clothes worn should not announce arrogance.
  2. The satr of the person (man or woman) must be covered in the presence of their non-mehrams.
  3. The clothes worn must not be tight so as to display ones figure and curves,
  4. The clothes should not be transparent so as to display ones satr.
  5. The clothes worn must not be an imitation of the pagans or disbelievers.
  6. Men should not imitate women in their clothing; nor should women imitate men in their clothing.

 

Thus if the culture or tradition of the people where one resides is shirts and pants, skirts or blouses, saris, or whatever else; there is absolutely no harm if a believer adorns himself with his/her prevalent cultural clothes, as long as none of the above conditions of Islam are violated.

 

The sari is an accepted dress of the people of the nation of India, and is not specific to the pagans or disbelievers. Thus it is absolutely permissible for a believing woman to wear a sari, provided that her outer garment covers her full satr in the presence of her non-mehrams.

 

The nature of the dress sari is such that the midriff of the women is exposed in the dress, thus it would violate the satr command; but if a believing woman wears a sari and when in public or in the presence of non-mehrams wears an outer garment which completely covers her satr, there is absolutely no harm in her wearing the sari.

 

But if the sari a believing woman wears resembles or imitates the saffron colored saris worn by the Hindu women devotees, then indeed it would be considered a dress specific to and a symbol of their pagan religion; and such a sari would not be an appropriate clothing for a believing woman.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

 

Burhan

 


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