Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Dressed but yet naked

The greatest illusion of dress,
Deception at its very best,
Clothing so tight its completely revealing,
Defeating the purpose of concealing.

The man seems to be proud,
Standing next to the woman, so bold and loud.
Her body is there for everyone to see,
Yet covered up she believes herself to be.

Every shape is visible to all,
The exact body type, large or small.
Each curve displayed without a care,
Open, vivid, beauty for everyone to share.

The clothing seems to serve little purpose,
So tight that there’s not even a space,
And so it is the uncovering of the sacred,
Even though it’s believed that they are not naked.

The prophecy uttered by the Beloved Prophet (PBUH) ages ago,
Has now become so true,
Just look around and you’ll be witness to this show,
It should be so clear to me and you.

I wish you could see the truth my sister,
That you don't need to appeal to any mister,
Your body should be kept protected,
It's a treasure that should always be respected.

The cover is not at all meant to harm,
There’s very good reason to conceal your natural charm,
Your beauty is something special,
And modest dressing is the best to instil.

I wish that you could see the truth,
And then you will understand your full worth.

As one of the minor signs before the Day of Judgment, Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) mentioned: “There will be women who will be dressed but they will be naked. Their heads will be like the humps of camels. They will not enter Jannah (Paradise) and will not even smell the scent of Jannah while it can be smelt from a far distance.” [Sahih Muslim]


  1. Lovely poem Zarina, you got some hidden talent!
    It speaks the truth really. Thank you.

    There are so many wrong images Society creates for us that we believe we have to follow the standards to be integrated and appreciated.
    I suffered a lot as a kid as my mum insisted for me to wear the kind of clothes every children was laughing at. But at the end of this tough time, I learned to respect my body.

    I was thinking these past weeks about something that would be interesting to try: courses to teach women to respect their bodies, on sources such as religious texts, traditions and past behaviours. We need to change the way women look at them and behave in relation with men.

    Your poem makes me think it might be worse to try!!!

    Stay well always Zarina. Take care and continue to share your thoughts and insights with us. It is very helpful.

  2. Marie

    Thank you for your comment, and as always positive feedback. I think that courses such as the ones you mention would be great, there are so many negative images and role models portrayed to women and really the pressure to live up to that is huge, women need to see a different perspective, one that is healthier and more realistic, and that allows all women the respect and honour that they deserve. It is definitely worth a try, even if you get through to one woman and make a difference in her life, it will be worth it.

    Its interesting that the things we hated the most while growing up are actually the things that have taught us the most valuable lessons. Sounds like "tough love" but it helps in the end.

    I just pray that when we have children of our own (Inshaa Allah) we will be able to instil the values that our parents have taught to us.

  3. ma'shaAllah, wonderful :)A reminder that we need :)

  4. Jazakallah Khayr Little Auntie;-}

  5. What a great poem, its got really good rhythm and such an inspiring message that seems to be lacking. I think you are doing a great job Zarina!

    That is also a really interesting hadith, it puts into perspective the modern times we live in, but what do you think their heads will be like humps of camels means, maybe it has more than one interpretation but I was wondering what your view is because... well you have a really insightful blog. :)

  6. Just to let you know, its me Maryam, on my other account... for the inspirational quotes blog.

  7. Thank you so much Maryam, may you be rewarded by Allah (swt) for your kind words.

    I'm sure there are other interpretations of the hadith but the one's I've come across discuss how "the heads like camel humps", could be referring to the high hairstyles that women have, the fancy big bun or other hairdo which accentuates the head. I think I've also read that this refers to the women who wear their hear in these high styles out of pride and vanity. Its actually quite scary, May Allah save us all and help us to be of those that He is pleased with Inshaa Allah.

  8. Thank you for your interpretation Zarina! Modesty is so important and thats what seems to be most lacking in our world. May you also be rewarded by Allah for your wonderful efforts!

  9. So true Maryam, life is so much purer and nicer when people are modest, in actions and in dressing, it just makes a society healthier and more respectful. It's a pity people don't realise this more often.

    You stay well.

  10. JazakAllah Khair for this reminder.

    Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

    Sister, I got your email from your profile and inquired about the title and URL of your blog, please reply.

    Rabbana Taqabbal minna Innaka Antus Samee ul Aleem, ameen.

  11. Wa-alaykum salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

    Brother Ibn Hanif I have just replied to your e-mail.

    Inshaa Allah I hope that my reply answers your question.If not, please feel free to let me know.

    Jazakallah Khayr

  12. JazakAllah Khair Sister,

    MashaAllah, Nice to know the wisdom behind this choice.

    Thanks for replying.