Q & A: Indecent Dressing?

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Saturday, 12 April 2014 16:13

Question: I often wear jeans and other western attire indoors. If I leave the home, I always don an abaya over my clothes and also wear hijaab. My husband is ok with my dressing but my mother keeps fighting with me that my dressing is indecent. I do not see anything indecent in how I dress, especially since it is only indoors. Please advise. (summarized).

Answer: There are several aspects in your question. We will briefly deal with some of them in point form.

BEHAVIOUR WILL MATCH DRESS

Even scientists have discovered that what you wear affects your behaviour. The summary of a scientific study states: “One interesting aspect of dress is that what you wear can affect how you behave. One study observed behaviour at a roller rink. On nights with a strict dress code, there were fewer accidents and less noise. In an old article in the Academy of Management Review, scientists theorized that exhibiting actions not in line with the expectations of how one would behave when wearing that clothing creates a psychological conflict called cognitive dissonance. And to relieve the conflict, people will change their behavior to match their dress. Of course, this is all going on without us explicitly being aware of it” (http://quickbase,intuit,com). Thus dressing modestly within the guidelines of the Sunnah will accordingly impact on one's actions and behaviour. Dressing as “New York” will make one behave in that decadent and shameless fashion.

May Allah Ta'ala make us true Muslims outwardly and inwardly  –  in body, heart and soul.