How should we dress to reflect the virtue of Islam
Channel: Khalid Yasin
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Somebody's level salatu salam ala Rasulillah Salam, Allahu alayhi wa salam. Wa Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu. My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam, this is your brother Sheikh Khalid Yasin coming to you from my platform, Sky views, Sky views, my views. And I tried to in this series of presentations to address issues that are important
but not necessarily
discussed frequently or explained
or even addressed sometimes in formal, classical religious circles.
So, let's talk about an issue.
Brothers and sisters.
This issue is about
how should we dress
the virtue of Islam and character
and also reflect the parameters of cleanliness, dignity
and appropriateness. There's the word.
Now, regarding cleanliness, we understand that because as Muslims, we should try to be clean in everything we do.
Our house should be clean, our car should be clean, our clothes should be clean.
your office if you have one should be cleaned the area where you where you live should be clean, your neighborhood should be clean, your heart should be clean, your mind should be clean. You should be living generally a clean life. Yes, your clothes should also be clean.
Whatever clothing that you select to wear, should first be clean.
Clean should also be included that should be attractive.
Now attractive doesn't mean
doesn't mean to be ostentatious. That means
costing a lot and
loud and in its expression.
it should also be dignified. Now, dignified means according to the station where you are.
You're in industry.
You you're in commerce,
you're in government.
You are in varying levels of business.
You are engaged, you are involved in sports,
or fitness or medicine. And each one of those different levels in whatever society that we find Muslims, you will find they're adapting or they are adopting different uniforms.
Different kinds of clothing that fit with that, that that are
or the part of society where they are serving or frequently.
So dignity, something bringing honor, decency, recognition, and whoever is rich should dress where people know that they are rich, not they pretending to be poor.
And poor people should not be pretending that they are rich. No they should live with dignity but within the station where they are so they don't
they don't waste what is valuable for the station where they are
are trying to appear to be rich, influential, resourceful, because they are night.
And Rich, resourceful, resourceful
wealthy individuals need in some way to reflect that in how they are.
Someone should know that in some way,
because how would anyone come to them for some service or help with what God gave them, if there wasn't some indication of that,
you can see that rationale. Now, it's according to the level of a person's character,
how they fit into this manner of dignity within the spectrum of their lifestyle.
And the last part is appropriate.
if you're going into a certain controlled environment, where for one reason or another, it requires a specific uniform, or some equipment, or to be identified or badge, or something that
is becomes like an orphan, it's something known in the society that if you are debt, or in that area, there's a specific uniform, there's something to designate what's something that reflects or something that is very unique or identifiable within that spectrum of work that you're doing. So that means appropriate. Doctors have an appropriate dress.
Police and Fire firemen, they have an appropriate dress.
You know, we can just go through the society and find that yes, there are in most cases, designated
social knowns for certain jobs, we didn't just say personal choices, we said social norms established within a given society, okay, with certain things that people should wear to reflect the job which they doing, that's appropriate. Now, for us. If we don't have a specific job like that, we should look at where we're going.
Where are you going? Where are you traveling? What company are you going to visit? What appointment Do you have, that may require you to change your preferred dress to something that's consistent or appropriate with that area? Or were you traveling to, or this act or this engagement or this set of activities, so this issue of appropriate
now I think we got that part.
Dignified, clean, dignified, and appropriate.
does a Muslim
who came from another religion, let's just say,
Muslim who came from another religion and they embraced Islam, the mRNA embraced Islam, they can see the world of the Muslims, they can see the whole, we can say the whole cascade, they can see the whole, every different shape and size and color and variable. You don't they can see when they become Muslim, or they come to Nope.
So when this person becomes a Muslim,
male or female
do they have to select since you know, Asians,
since Arabs, Asians, and Africans, you know, are the most these are the most identifiable, broad spectrum of races or culture. Now, inside of there's lots of cultures, lots of influences. There's some different racial and ethnic variations inside of these classifications. Just like when you said European, there's a lot of variables in between all of that, you know, so
do the new Muslims,
their children and grandchildren when they become Muslim, and they embrace Islam, is it obligatory upon them isn't expected for them to dress like one of the variables, many variables of Arabs, Asians, and
The answer is absolutely not.
The answer is absolutely not.
There is no rule in Islam that says that,
that a person, male or female, when they accept Islam, they have got to adapt the moral prescription of meaning they've got to adapt as a moral statement in terms of the hijab of the woman on terms of the
the modesty and dignity of the male.
Do they have to express that through some Arab, Asian or African cultural
And if they want to appear to be religious, or they go into a religious event, or they are, they are officiating over some religious ritual or something? Do they have to dress
like one of the variables of dress from the Arab, Asian or African cultures? The answer is absolutely not.
Now I understand that there are people who are going to say, you know this, some people are gonna say this that, you know, it's a virtue in US dressing like the Prophet saw Sam dressed.
once you keep this in mind
Laqad can configure Sula Hospital has an uncanny ability to love a young atom. But Dr. Long cathedra Allah He said, certainly, you will find in the Messenger of Allah Azza wa sallam the most powerful
human example for those who fit a lot, and who, and who, woman Kenyatta joola, and those who have an open meeting with him. But Dr. Lock, because he and they remember ALLAH much they are in the remembrance of Allah how much
is the general translation.
So the also here
has nothing to do with dressing like an atom,
or an Asian
or an African is not the word was the best example the the best also, the best example the best human profile of the best character and integrity. This is the meaning here, not the clothes.
The Prophet saw Sam, he dressed in a thorough job, it was known that he invest in a job. But this stove dress, he didn't invest in this religiously. This is part of the Earth, the common dress of those people of Makkah, a people of that Peninsula.
Or he may put something across his himself like wrapping a cloth around from his navel down to his sheets, he can wrap himself in something like that, and even put a toe overtop of that. And this is again, this is what he did.
But it was because he was an Arab of that area, it was part of the earth. Now prophet saw Sam was a modest person, he was not ostentatious, proud, wearing bulky and eating this and that. So he always chose the best out of the earth that he was a part of. He chose the best, the most humble the most dignified,
Allah guided him to the most appropriate within the spectrum of the variable of the culture of the people of Mecca, and the people of the Arabian Peninsula.
we love the province of zoom, and we want to follow his Oslo, but it doesn't mean that we have to adopt the dress of the people of the Arabian Peninsula, any for any of the countries in that area. Whether it means in the evening inside our homes or outside in Sydney walking the streets or going to a religious affair. There is nothing in Islam that tells us that we have to dress with a scarf over our heads, you know, a pleated scarf, okay, or just a turban or a cap or a gown of any sort whether with the goal of what to breed or how far it reaches this note
there's some guidance or prompts us and told us about not being proud and walking with your garments dragging and things that need to hear to snap would be talking about now. But he's talking about does a Muslim in the United States of America or any revert Muslim any place in the world
We're all in the, in the western world societies like
Western Europe, Eastern Europe
United States, Canada,
do the Muslims from these areas who, who were Christians before are Hindus before of Buddhists or whatever they was before they became Muslims and they living in the western world was its own Orosz.
Its own cultural variable of different levels of cleanliness, dignity, and appropriateness. Do we have to adopt the dress of any cultural variable of Asians, Africans and Arabs? The answer is absolutely not.
I don't care how popular a person is. I don't care how many to how many how deep his knowledge of the Quran is. I don't care if he memorized everything from cover to cover. I don't care if he was born on the kava, or born in the Kaaba, you know, like he was born in Mecca of the most dignified or prestigious family. And he traced himself back to the Prophet Slauson, whatever people want to say, No, we don't have to dress like him, either.
Nor do we have to dress like the women from Africa, Asia, or Arabs.
Know, this is a way for a woman, a Muslim woman. It's a way for her to know the parameters of the hijab, the rules and the parameters, the prosom gave us about hijab, she can learn that from her father from her sister, she can learn from her father, from her mother from, from her peers, she can learn that yesterday from a leader from from the same background she's from, she can learn that. But there's no way that says that she has to follow that expression. She has to adapt
the particular way and out of woman, an Asian woman on African woman wear the hijab, because she had to follow that. Absolutely not. Does she have to adhere? Should she adhere to the general parameters of the hijab as we got it from the Quran, as we get it from the Sunnah of the Prophet slaw, Salman, we're not talking about the external, we're talking about the principles of the Sunnah, that we're talking about
the promises and love dates, but it doesn't mean that I can only just eat dates.
No, brother and sister we have the separate a son of western province of Sam, he lived because he was born at a certain time in a place under certain circumstances and amongst certain people. So as part of his sunnah just was built out of that, that's called off.
It is good that he chose always good, Allah guided him towards the good of that Earth. But his general character, his behavior, his integrity, his principles, his fairness, how he taught, you know, I'm saying his general principles of life, that's something different has nothing to do with the culture. It has to do with his
his guidance that God gives him.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, you should respect anyone who is a Islamic teacher,
if they are well known,
widely accepted within the parameters of the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallahu wa sallam, you should respect them, listen to them.
And even if you listen to others, who not even within those parameters, you should respect them because there are people known to be scholars in similar religious people in those books.
But you do not have to as a revert, and this is my talk to my own children.
And I apologize to you, you know, if I imposed something on you, when I came into Islam, and you were young.
That's what I knew. That was my level of understanding at the time and I apologize for those shortcomings. But you're smart enough now, to know that there was some areas of weakness when it came to our practice of what we did when we became Muslims, because they were cultural
There were many external motivations, impressions. And without questioning, just out of our sincerely we adopted we embraced a lot of it. And we never questioned.
Here, I'm not blaming anybody.
I'm not calling names, I'm not pointing my finger, I'm just answering a question the way it would be asked of me. And I'm answering it now in the same way that a new Muslim who has embraced Islam from another faith
living in one of the Western
secular societies, that is where they were born.
When you embrace this long,
you do not have to adapt
one of the variable cultural expressions of dressing,
no, nothing on you to do that. Listen to everybody, thank everybody for whatever they have to say. But attach yourself to another
Muslim, male or female who is an elder
well experienced, well educated,
well known for their general knowledge and behavior, and holding some responsibility and let them facilitate that matter for you.
Let them help you to facilitate that matter and to select what is best for you.
Not best for the group that you join in, or for the master to came and took your shahada or best use them in the interests of those who sent me who
got a certain group or persuasion or whatever, they got their own spin on this and that and then they start choosing what is best for you
when you first embrace Islam, the clothes is not the first thing to address.
If you embrace Islam, sisters, and you know, like when you embraced Islam, you know, you was out there on the you know, going around the pole, you know, you was doing some things you know, mean that, you know, was really immoral, or something like that. And you know, it was ashamed of that you made you made Toba to Allah you repented for that, well, you weren't going to come you know, still remain dress like that.
No, no, you're going to, you're going to modify that.
But you don't have to go into something from from
that kind of lifestyle.
And jump into like three, three days ago, three days later used to me you were in your semi something with just your eyes out there some Indesit you just jumped right in there. No, you didn't make that decision yourself. You were influenced, to make that decision.
Because that's a decision that should be made gradually.
That's a decision that should be made gradually, in all fairness to your mom and your dad and your family. In the case of a Muslim woman or person, a woman who becomes a Muslim she has a husband, no offense, your husband and your children are friends, your neighbors in your job in your, in your your co workers and or the people that go you go to school with and what in all fairness to them.
You should not do that.
We should not traumatize people.
With our conversion to Islam, or our practice of Islam. We should not aggravate people traumatized people put them in a situation where they're uncomfortable because of this new expression that we have. We should not do that.
But yes through the process, I'm told more add in a general one is soldiers when his companions the first governor, he told him when you go to the people for your serum, this is new people. This is new Muslims is people who entered Islam and they was before you know most of them before was like Al Kitab and Jews some of them
see so people on the Kitab
they know people when you go to them for your serum, be easy
for yourself to make everything easy.
Bullet to zero and don't be difficult
Don't cause pressure
for Bashir to
give them good news. Make them smile, make them feel good, will lead to not futile.
And don't traumatize him.
Don't intensify, don't make them feel
like they like you imposing something upon them. Don't make them uncomfortable, don't traumatize them don't cause no problems in their flow.
No good news, not bad news.
encouragement, not discouragement.
freedom and prosperity and not control
That he says what I want to
look at this one, what I want to
do, and help them and show them how to cooperate,
what to do, and do not contribute towards division.
Help them to cooperate,
and don't facilitate them
This is three principles that the process gave to one of his companions. One is soldiers. First governor, some applying the same rule that when new people come into Islam, be easy.
Don't, don't don't, don't stress yourself out, don't try to jump too fast. Don't try to change up. Don't try to address all the different areas of who you got to deal with overnight, in the same week, or month, or whatever. Don't try to read 10 to 18 books that month. Now, you're not going to Chris, you're not going to keep that pace up. Don't do that. Be easy.
Calm, Suave, they say in Spanish. be small, be easy.
Let things you know let things melt together in a very natural, organic way.
Now did I mean that brothers and sisters who decided you want to dress like Arabs, Asians and Africans, because it makes you feel good, it makes you gives you something to your identity, you like it because you know that it reflects something from the process. And I didn't tell you not to do that. Just go ahead with that. But just think about it.
Think about what you need to wear, to be clean, to be dignified, and to be appropriate.
Just give it a thought.
Which says the panic alarm will be 100 When I said one day, you don't want to start to write brothers and sisters. Listen, before we close out. I want to remind you that
when I give these talks,
I'm not coming from the top of my head just like you know, just throwing something out.
It's not something I just memorized it instantly. And I just say it. No, I've thought about this. A question was asked of me. Someone asked me that question.
I responded to them, perhaps maybe it was like in three to five minutes because it was in the public.
But after that, I thought and I decided that me I got to sit down and I can think about that more. So when I talk to my children who are grown and got their own children who are my grandchildren, and I talk to my great grandchildren who I'm talking with them
I gotta clear this matter, can leave it sitting like that. That's what this is for. Now, all of you, all of you brothers and sisters who are sitting out there who like you got like, You got different levels of knowledge and you got books and references and you got teachers and you know, you know you you've been somewhere for a week or two or you went to some conferences or you went to university or you took a certificate course and you guys are really bright bright, you know, I'm saying and ambitious, bright, ambitious. And you also you want to be vigilant. Okay, may Allah bless you.
May Allah bless you for that. And may Allah He sustained you with your level of energy and commitment. However
what I have to say today is not to conflict with anybody.
It is just to have my children, their children,
who are my grandchildren, my great grandchildren and others who are related to them. That for the record.
I'm making it clear today that
No revert Muslim who came into Islam from the background of American society.
And let's call it in the last 70 years up to today, there is no obligation to point them at all, to dress like one of the cultural variables of Arabs, Asians, or Africans, or their scholars, or their students of knowledge, or their religious people, or the religious norms that they have adopted in relationship to religion. We don't have to do that. And for the Revert brothers and sisters, there are now hundreds of people like myself, who we have been Muslim, we are senior Muslims.
Not giving myself any kind of title. But I became a Muslim in 1965. And from 1965 into now, we talking about that's like, like,
that's like about 58 years almost.
In that time, period, I know the parameters of Islam,
the parameters, I know the goalposts
and I know the sidelines, I know what's out,
I generally understand the rules, and do my best to abide by them.
And I want to make it easy for you and facilitate you to you don't make the same mistakes. So you're not dealing with the same challenges in the same way. And that you're not opening yourself up to be manipulated or, you know, or, or influenced on the basis of something that itself is that is an obligation upon you.
If you and let's make this clear, I told you from the very beginning,
I got my own thoughts, I got a few nice ones, you know, so if I'm in a country, if I'm going somewhere, and there's a nice, I'm wearing my toe,
if they asked me to get the coop Bob probably I'm not going to wear a suit tie.
Now, because that's not exactly the right dress for given the cookbook to Joomla. And to the Muslims in the masjid not so much. It's not alright to do that. Because if a person was a lawyer, and he's coming directly from his office to get the Cooper, no issue about him wearing a suit and tie nothing. But generally speaking, to make people comfortable.
I would wear my toe, not necessarily a coffee, unless I'm going to match it worry no use in a 99% of people, they were in a coffee. You know, they weren't sitting on the head 99% of the people were just out of respect for them, I'm going to do that. But that guest had nothing to do with the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu Sallam that is an obligation upon me. It does not watch it is not obligatory, it is not even necessary for me to wear a coffee, or something else on my head just because 99% of the people are doing that.
I don't have to wrap myself up. I don't have to take a scarf and bring it over my head and iron it out and bring it you know, like whatever in lining up and drape it down. I do not have to do that. Just because 99% of the people might be wearing that. No, I don't.
I do not have to wrap a turban on my head with a towel without a towel, green one white woman whatever.
Wrapped up Sudan style or wrapped up Yemeni style or whatever, I don't have to wear a turban on my head.
I don't care if 99.9 of people. You don't have to do that. There's no obligation upon us to do that. And the Muslim woman the river sister to comes into slam and braces a slam from another faith.
Sister. When you look at the Muslim sisters, practicing religious Muslim sisters across the planet, African, Asian Arab Muslim women, generally you can see that there's a set of principles they are trying to adhere to
look at the whole spectrum. From the right to the left side the whole spectrum and some way make yourself towards the middle point.
You're smart enough to do that.
Your husband is smart enough to help you with that. Your older son is smart enough to help you with that. Your uncle can help you with that. You know your your the your your Islamic representative can help you
With that, other Muslim sisters who are seeing your Muslim sisters who've been around for a while, they can help you with that. But at the end of the day, it's your own choice.
To come somewhere in the middle of what you see, Muslim women are wearing to express and comply with the Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet Salas. And as for us, men, Allah subhanaw taala, he wants us to be out, getting money defending, representing.
So we got to wear what women wear, our identity is not like them, and our person has not liked them. Allah subhanaw taala put more value in what women but more value because they representing the family so so the family got the value. So the one that's representing the family that I'll give them more value, more value me more cover.
Just beautiful diamonds and pearls. And gold is always covered and secured.
All over the world.
They all covered and secure, nobody got a problem about that
are women to Muslim women, the way Allah have described him, and how the value he have attached to them is more than the gold more than the silver more than the pearls, more than the diamonds. So Allah, He wants them to be safe and covered.
But we men, we just had to be clean,
And appropriate, has nothing to do with a particular cultural variation.
cultural, valuable variables that are attached to the religion that are expressed in that way. But that's not an obligation upon me as a Muslim coming from the west that I have to choose one of those I don't.
I will look at all of it and listen, and listen to my people who's around me who are responsible. And I will somewhere come in the middle
to be clean, and decent and appropriate.
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