Yes, Muslim Men Must Tell Women How to Dress

The Muslim who truly understand haya and the purpose of hijab in Islam recognizes the importance of speaking out. This is what Islam teaches.

Consider these truths:

1. Amr bil-mar`uf wa nahi `anil-munkar is not gender restricted. If an Unfit Imam says otherwise, demand proof. These claims are from modern gender studies, not the Quran and Sunna.

2. Lack of haya increases zina in society. It’s common sense. If you don’t have common sense, see the research studies linked in comments that prove it.

3. Zina destroys souls, destroys character, destroys virtue.

4. Zina destroys families.

5. Families are the building blocks of any healthy society.

6. Zina, therefore, is an attack on the health of society and the character of its people.

7. Therefore, lack of haya is an attack on society.

8. Therefore, there is a great deal at stake and we cannot sit back and remain silent. As the Prophet ﷺ says in an authentic hadith: “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.”

9. No one can claim to oppose zina while at the same time preaching that nisa have the right to dress like zanis and none may object. It makes no sense. In fact, those who claim that women have the right to dress like zanis and no rajul can object are promoting zina, whether they realize it or not.

10. The whole purpose of hijab as a system of haya is to prevent zina. But the system doesn’t work if individuals are allowed to violate it at will with no resistance.

11. A MAJOR part of maintaining the system of hijab is the necessity of *men* speaking out to create a culture of haya and a culture that vehemently denounces fahisha and lack of haya.

12. Allah says in the Quran: “And tell the believing women that they must lower their gazes and guard their private parts, and must not expose their adornment…” [24:31] Allah commands us to tell women what to wear with an explicit ‘amr — qul. There is not qualification on gender in the command. (Note: Qul is a command to the Messenger so it *is* gendered. However, it extends to all the believers, especially those with authority, i.e., rijal.)

13. Yes, men also have the obligation to lower their gazes. That does not change anything else said here one iota.

14. Read the sabab al-nuzul for the ayat of hijab. Umar radiAllahu `anhu was often speaking about veiling for women, including women he was not related to. The Prophet sallaAllahu `alayhi wasallam did not tell him he has no right to tell women how to dress. Rather, the ayat of hijab were revealed. This is the clearest proof against those Unfit Imams and their feminist followers who spread these feminist claims.

15. Men who do not do their duty to maintain haya and prevent zina and the path to zina in their own families are dayuth. It is reported in hadith, dayuth will be prohibited from Janna.

16. Men who have no ghayra and allow fahisha to spread by remaining silent are irresponsible and a huge part of the problem.

17. Muslimat who know better but remain silent or join the feminists because they want to be “supportive” should fear Allah.

So what should be done? Speak out. If we speak out we change the culture at least for the Muslim community. Make better decisions. Talk to fathers and brothers about their responsibility. If they don’t change the situation, keep at it.

This is not a joke. This is the future that is being destroyed by shayatin and the followers of shayatin who believe themselves to be above reproach and accountability.

As long as we remain true to our deen with sincerity, Allah will aid us.

“O you who believe, seek help in sabr [patient perseverance] and prayer; surely Allah is with the patiently perseverant.” – Quran 2:153

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