Clothing

Clothing (also known as clothes, apparel, and attire) are items worn on the body. Typically, clothing is made of fabrics or textiles, but over time it has included garments made from animal skin and other thin sheets of materials and natural products found in the environment, put together. The wearing of clothing is mostly restricted to human beings and is a feature of all human societies.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 7 months ago

Dress of the female must have all conditions of full Hijab including avoiding tight cloth and transparent cloth. Color of the outer dress should not be attractive to men.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Muhammad Husaini Ragheb, Sayyed Muhammad Husaini Ragheb has a BA in Law from Guilan University, Iran and has also undertaken Hawzah studies in Qom. He is a Cultural Affairs director of Ethics Group of Al-Mustafa Open... Answered 9 months ago

Salaam
Only white and clean

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Seyed Ali Shobayri, Seyed Ali Shobayri is of mixed Iranian and Scottish descent who found the path of the Ahlul Bayt (a) by his own research. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University through the... Answered 10 months ago

Bismillah, 

Asalamu Alaykom, 

No it isn't necessary for you to say any specific words or have a particular intention for purifying something; you may just do the action. Yes other acts such as wudu, ghusl, salah and fasting etc would require an intention. 
 

May Allah grant you success 

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 10 months ago

Bismihi ta'ala

Istinjā` is washing yourself after relieving yourself in the toilet. This is of course very important for the purpose of tahārah, wanting to pray, etc. 

However, there is something else that is important to do, but is not obligatory, and that is istibrā`. Istibrā` is clearing the urinary outlet after urinating. For a male, you do this by what we call the nine squeezes.

The advantage of istibrā` is if you do it, with any discharge you might feel after the istibrā`  and the istinjā` , you consider it to be tahir. However, if you do not do the istibrā`, and you experience a discharge, not knowing what it is, you deem it as najis, and you must wash yourself again.  

I have added a link to a recorded lesson on this, with detailed explanation.  

And Allah knows best. 

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Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 1 year ago

Bismihi ta'ala

There is a hadith that says: 

لا طاعة لمخلوق في معصية الخالق

There is no obedience to a creation through disobedience to the Creator. 

We cannot obey the laws of others at the cost of disobeying Almighty God. If hijab has been mandated by Almighty God, then we as His worshippers must comply to His law. So, we must not disobey God just to follow what someone else says, even if they are our parents whom we must obey. Our obedience to our parents is obligatory, but not in performing haram acts. 

Clearly, in this case, the parents have a misconstrued approach to how their daughter should appear or conduct herself in public. They might be under the impression that by doing this, she will get married, but of course this is the worst way and its a very damaging approach. 

The daughter should not comply with what her parents want, and respectfully decline, by explaining how unhealthy this approach is.

It's not just a matter of religion, but also on a human value and social level as well. 

In Islam, attraction should not be by the gazing of onlookers, but by personality and moral qualities and righteousness. 

With prayers for your success. 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 year ago

It can be kep and used by the family or friends or given to charity if the inheritors want to give it to charity. It is owned by the inheritors and they can donate or gift or use it.

Wassalam.

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 year ago

Drops of urine which you know that it touched your body or cloth are Najis but not drops of water of washing when it does not have any part of the Najis material. Drops which are not noticed or too small to notice should not harm you because you don't know that it touched your body or cloth or whether it was drops of urine or water. Everything is Taahir for you until you know that it is Najis.

Wassalam.

Zaid Alsalami, Shaykh Dr Zaid Alsalami is an Iraqi born scholar, raised in Australia. He obtained a BA from Al-Mustafa University, Qom, and an MA from the Islamic College in London. He also obtained a PhD from... Answered 1 year ago

Bismihi ta'ala 

I will assume that what you mean by an "Indian" toilet" is a squat toilet, or a ground toilet. 

While urinating, if drops of urine splash onto you, then of course it must be purified, but when you are washing, and splashes of water fall onto you, then it is fine. 

To avoid urine splashing onto you, direct it in such a way where it doesnt splash, or pour water simultaneously. 

As for "feeling", you only wash what you know for sure fell onto you, and nothing else.

And Allah knows best 

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Mateen Charbonneau, Sheikh Mateen Joshua Charbonneau achieved a certificate from Harvard University in Islamic Studies. He undertook Howza classes under esteemed scholars since 2013 and has been teaching at Imam Mahdi... Answered 1 year ago

Yes a woman can swim if she is wearing the proper islamic covering. A lot of times the women swim in a place for women only. 

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Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 1 year ago

If the woman is wearing full Hijab (lose clothes that don't define her body) cycling will be permissible for her, although it is better for her to avoid it as it is mentioned in many books the it is Makrouh (disliked). Makrouh is after all permissible.

Wassalam.

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Bismillah, 

Asalamu Alaykom, 

If the ayn an najasa was still left on the clothes (for example pieces of fecal matter) then yes they would be najis. However if it was only stains left such as blood stains, then this wouldn't  be najis as the actual najis substance has been removed. 
 

May Allah grant you success 

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Amina Inloes, Amina Inloes is originally from the US and has a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter on Shi'a hadith. She is the program leader for the MA Islamic Studies program at the... Answered 1 year ago

The Prophet (S) cared about his appearance and used to fix himself up before each communal prayer. Although he lived simply, he gave due attention to personal grooming. Here are some narrations about how he approached that: https://www.al-islam.org/sunan-nabi-allamah-sayyid-muhammad-husayn-tabatabai/chapter-3-cleanliness-and-rules-beautification

The Qur'an also says:  “Put on your adornment on every occasion of prayer” (7:31).

I don't think it's correct to say that Imam Ali (A) didn't care about how he looked; rather he chose to live simply and did not own much clothing. One can still look after grooming, washing one's clothes, etc, even if one's clothing is old. Even on the day of Ashura it is said that Imam Husayn and his companions made the effort to remove unwanted body hair. (Sorry if that's sensitive but it's related!) Usually when people don't care about their appearance at all, it is a sign they are not feeling well, depressed, stressed, etc.  

However, it is good not to throw away clothing just because it is damaged. If it is possible to repair it, it is better to repair it and continue using it. After all, the Qur'an and hadith strongly discourage wasting, and the throwing away of discared clothing is becoming a big environmental problem today, especially with manmade fabrics such as polyester.

There is a virtue to doing things yourself, such as fixing your own clothing, but there is also no harm in taking clothing to a tailor to be fixed, especially since it gives the tailor income.

Basically you should use your wisdom and common sense. If wearing patched clothes will harm you at work or in other places, then it is good to wear clothing that is suitable for that environment.

Also, hadith encourage men to dress nicely in front of their wives at home, and wives to dress nicely in front of their husbands at home; it is good to try not to be an eyesore at home!

If you are representing Islam publicly, it is also good to have a neat and respectable appearance because people judge by appearance these days. Once, I remember I went to an interfaith program where the only Muslims were me and a Wahhabi shaykh with a stained, torn dishdasha that was well above the ankles. Guess which one of us ended up answering most of the questions. So it is good to be thoughtful of these things and to try to come across in a respectful manner, while at the same time not being extravagant.