GREENDEEN – by guest junior contributor Fatima Moolla, 17 July 2014
Are we enslaved by ‘fashion’?
￼”Oh children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal your private parts and as adornment. But the clothing of righteousness – that is best. That is from the signs of Allah that perhaps they will remember.” [Qur’an, Al-Araf, Ch7,V26]
We are living in such an era where people are competing as to who can dress to kill! Sadly, in this day and age we find girls competing with each other in their dressing, clad in Guess jeans, Sissy Boy heels, stunning jewels, tons of Revlon make-up and the latest, beautiful Kashka scarf. Our boys are no better with their name brand shoes, designer T-shirts and expensive sunglasses. Another new status symbol that has manifested on the catwalk of the world is to have garments or accessories all shiny and bling, that makes a person look a million dollars. Old and young are falling prey to these trends. Have we all become slaves to fashion?
Simplicity of dress, Islam and spirituality
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Simplicity of dress is one of the signs of faith.”
Did you know that simplicity in dressing is a sign of faith? The very sign that we are scampering away from! A person blessed with Imaan believes the promise of Allah regarding the bounties of the hereafter and therefore works hard to attain the eternal rewards and beautiful clothes of Jannah, and are thus not enchanted with the extravagant clothing of this world. By being spendthrift, are we not changing the course of the spirit of simplicity? How are we going to get to wear the dazzling clothes of Jannah if in this world we are over spending on name brands, expensive abayas and the like?
“Those will have gardens of perpetual residence; beneath them rivers will flow. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and will wear green garments of fine silk and brocade, reclining therein on adorned couches. Excellent is the reward, and good is the resting place.” [Qur’an, Al-Kahf, Ch18,V31]
We can choose the path of moderation when it comes to dressing and purchase clothes that are within our means, fashionable and yet still maintain the image of a Muslim. We need to express ourselves as individuals while striving to keep our Islamic identities. Avoiding extravagance in matters of dress and focusing on matters of everlasting significance is a good path to take to success in this world and the hereafter.
Social and environmental ethics behind our clothing industry
“And do not deprive people of their due and do not commit abuse on earth, spreading corruption.”
[Qur’an, Ash-Shuara, Ch26,V183]
Written by ,Fatima Moolla who is a teenage author from Devon, a little town bordering Gauteng and Mpumalanga. She frequently writes opinion pieces and articles on her blog Timeless Teenz. She believes that “success lies in believing in yourself!”. Email: email@example.com
Edited by Fatima Hassen Ragie
Posted by TTF team