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SHAYKH AL-ALBAANEE: “THAT WHICH DESCRIBES A WOMAN WHEN SHE IS ALIVE IS WORSE AND WORSE!”

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‘… Transmitted by Umm Ja’far bint Muhammad bin Ja’far that Faatimah the daughter of the Messenger of Allaah (salAllaahu alaiyhi wa sallam) said: ‘O Asmaa’, I am repulsed by what is done to the women – at the time of death – when they lay a piece of cloth over the woman that describes her shape.”
 
Asmaa’ responded: “O daughter of the Messenger of Allaah (salAllaahu alaiyhi wa sallam); should I not show you something that I saw done in Abyssinia?”
 
So she called for some palm branches of clover and then after dying it, laid the cloth upon Faatimah. Faatimah exclaimed, “How nice and beautiful! It distinguishes the woman from the man (i.e. it does not describe the body shape). When I die, I want you and ‘Alee to wash me and do not allow anyone else to enter.”
 
[It was related by Aboo Nu’aym in al-Hilyah and by al-Bayhaqee.]
 
Now look at Faatimah the daughter of the Messenger of Allaah (salAllaahu alaiyhi wa sallam) how she disliked and found it shameful that the clothing of the dead woman describes the (dead) woman’s body!
 
Therefore, there is no doubt that which describes a woman when she is alive is worse and worse! So let the Muslim women of today ponder and think on this. The Muslim women of today who dress up in tight clothing which describes her breasts, her waist, her buttocks, her legs and other body parts. Then (let the women) seek forgiveness of Allaah ta’aalaa (the Exalted) and repent to Him.”
 

[Taken from the book entitled: جلباب المراة المسلمة في الكتاب والسنة - The Jilbâb of the Muslim woman as in the Qur'ân and Sunnah, pg.89. Authored by Al Imâm, Al Mujaddid, Al Muhaddith, ash-Shaykh Al-Albâni]

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