We’ve all come across horrendous videos of “mashallah brothers” talking about how Muslim women should “dress properly” (whatever that means), and even famous imams and sheikhs critiquing the attire of Muslim women.
As a Muslim woman, I think I can safely say that we’ve had enough.
Why don’t these imams and “mashallah brothers” ever talk about how men should dress and act?
Yes it is summer, and yes it is hot outside, but Muslim men should adhere to Islamic attire, too. This includes covering everything from the navel to the knees. Why are only women being advised and policed?
So no, those trendy swim trunks from J.Crew will not work, istaghfurallah, as you guys would say to us.
And while we’re at it, if a Muslim brother is at the beach with his wife, and his wife is rocking her burqini, I think the brother should cover up a bit more, as well. Why don’t Muslim men wear swimsuit tops along with their longer swimming trunks?
No, they don’t have to, but they should, as a form of solidarity.
It’s kind of like when non-Muslims don’t eat in front of a Muslim co-worker during Ramadan as a form of respect or when a meat-eater avoids eating a big, juicy steak when she goes out with her vegetarian friend.
Covering up a bit more than usual at the beach while your wife or sister is beautifully covered is a wonderful form of solidarity. It’s also a great form of modesty. Your wife or sister will appreciate it.