eid if a girl wanted to wear a sariee

Q: For eid if a girl wanted to wear a sariee would this be haram?

Answer: Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala sates in the quran:

يَـٰبَنِىٓ ءَادَمَ قَدۡ أَنزَلۡنَا عَلَيۡكُمۡ لِبَاسً۬ا يُوَٲرِى سَوۡءَٲتِكُمۡ وَرِيشً۬ا‌ۖ وَلِبَاسُ ٱلتَّقۡوَىٰ ذَٲلِكَ خَيۡرٌ۬‌ۚ ذَٲلِكَ مِنۡ ءَايَـٰتِ ٱللَّهِ لَعَلَّهُمۡ يَذَّكَّرُونَ

O children of Adam! We have indeed sent down to you clothing to cover your shame, as well as adornment for you, but the clothing of restraint (and clothing of honor and piety and safeguarding) from evil, that is best. This is of the signs of Allah that they may receive admonition. (7:26)

Islam and Muslims are not limited to follow religion on specific days of the week, year or during particular times of ones life. Islam is a practical religion for ones everyday life. Being a religion of perfection, Islam is also a religion that takes modesty seriously. Modesty is not limited to, but included within, the sphere of language, verbal and non-verbal gestures and interactions, dress code, presentation of self, etc.

Within all traditional religions including Islam there comes the concept of awrah. Awrah refers to the covering of one’s body as defined by religion. For woman, a simple definition of covering the awrah would include the covering of hair and the entire body in a manner that does not expose the body or its contours. For men, the awrah would include being covered from the navel to the knee while not displaying parts of the body.

Should one wish to redefine the parameters of the awrah and temptation overcomes one to display portions of their lower satar (parts intended for concealment regarding the body), then the following ahadith help clarify if doing so would be appropriate or not.

Sayyidina Mu’awiyah: reports:

I (radiAllahu anh) said: O Prophet of Allah, from whom should we conceal our private parts and to whom can we show? Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) replied: conceal your private parts except from your wife and from whom your right hands possess. (Right hand refers to those who Shari’a allows you to be intimate with.)

I (radiAllahu anh) then asked: O Rasool of Allah, (what should we do), if the people are assembled together?

Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) replied: If it is within your power that no one looks at it, then no one should look at it.

I (radiAllahu anh) then asked: O Messenger of Allah if one of us is alone, (what should he do)?

He (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) replied: Allah is more entitled than people that bashfulness should be shown to him.

Although a ‘sarie’ can be worn in the manner wherin in covers all the part of the body, if it remains the clothing of a specific culture, eg. Hindu, then such clothing should still be abstained from being part of the wardrobe of a Muslimah.

Allah certainly Knows Best.


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