‘TRANSPARENCY’ is among the current buzz-words. While transparency in some things is laudable, in fact necessary, many people have taken it to another extreme. They have opted for “transparency” in the clothing they wear. Either the fabric of the garment is so thin and transparent that the body itself is visible, or the clothing is tight due to which the contours and shape of the body are discernible. The one who wears such garments has been described in the Hadith as “clothed yet naked” and have been warned that such women “will neither enter Jannah nor smell its fragrance” (Mishkaat).
The garments that cover the satr (part of the body compulsory to conceal) must never be transparent. Once Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) received a Syrian cloth (which was slightly transparent) as a gift. He gave it to Usamah (R.A.). When he later learnt that Hazrath Usama (R.A.) had given it to his wife, Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) told him to instruct her to wear a thicker cloth under it, so that the shape and figure of her body is not exposed (Musnad Ahmad).
In another narration it is reported that Hazrath Hafsa bint Abdur Rahman (R.A.) came to visit Hazrath Aisha (R.A.). She was wearing a scarf which was a little transparent (the hair was somewhat visible under it). Hazrath Aisha (R.A.) TORE the scarf and gave her a thick, coarse scarf to wear (Mishkaat). Imagine what would have happened if Hazrath Aisha (R.A.) had to be present today? How many scarves (such as the silken scarves that are fashionable nowadays) and how many garments would she have shredded???
It has been Shaitaan’s effort from day one to strip human beings of their clothing and their shame. Thus it is clear that the desire to expose more of the body, such as exposing the neckline, wearing shorter dresses , wearing clothing that is transparent, adopting clothing that is not loose enough due to which it reveals the shape of the body – all this is clearly from the whispers of Shaitaan. Even cloaks have fallen prey to these whispers and many defeat their purpose. A cloak is meant to do exactly that – it is meant to be a loose wrap that cloaks(covers) the person wearing it. Contrary to this many women wear cloaks that are tight-fitting designer garments sporting Vnecks for more exposure and which attract eyes rather than distract them. We have to face our beloved Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) on the day of Qiyamah. What answer will we have for having cast aside his Mubarak teachings ???
May Allah Ta’ala guide us towards that which will earn His pleasure and save us from the deception of Shaitaan. Aameen.