33) Women Imitating Men and Vice Versa


Beliefs & Practices, Major Sins / Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) declared,

“Allah curses men who imitate women and women who imitate men.”( Bukhari)

In another narration,

“May Allah curse the masculine woman.” (Abu Dawud)

It means that the woman who behaves like men. He (pbuh) also said,

“May Allah curse the effeminate man and the masculine woman.” (Bukhari)

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

“Allah curses a woman who wears a men’s clothing and a man who wears a woman’s dress.”( Abu Dawud)

When woman wears a man’s clothing, she will incur Allah’s curse upon herself and her husband as long as he does not rebuke her or try to discipline her character. The husband, in Islam, is responsible about disciplining and teaching his wife as the Glorious Qur’an commands,

{O ye who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones.] (Al- Tahrim: 6)

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) stressed this fact saying,

“Each of you is a guardian and responsible about his subjects: The man is a guardian over his household and will be asked about them on the Day of Judgment.”( Bukhari)

He (pbuh) said further,

“Men would be perished because they obeyed women (in vanity).”( Ahmad)

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

“It will not be a witness for two types of people who are destined for the Hell-fire: People with whips like the tails of cows, who beat the people (i.e., tyrannical rulers who are the enemies of their own people), and women who although clothed, are yet naked, seducing and being seduced, their hair styled like the tilted humps of camels. These will not enter the Garden nor its fragrance even reach them, although its fragrance reaches a very great distance.” (Muslim)

The hadith depicts these women with clothed and naked ones meaning that although they are clothed by Allah’s gifts, they are naked because of their ingratitude. Other scholars hold that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) described such women as being clothed, yet naked, since they wear clothes which fail to cover the body and which are transparent, revealing what is underneath.

Such women are further described as seducing and being seduced, meaning that they behave and walk in seductive and sensuous manner. They disobey Allah and call others to do so.

The Messenger (pbuh) likened their hairstyle to the humps, special breed of camel which has very large humps, because they put up their hair in a beehive shape from the middle of their heads.

Nafi’ said, “Once Ibn ‘Umar and ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Amr were sitting with Al-Zubair Ibn ‘Abdul-Muttalib when a woman driving a flock of sheep and shouldering an arrow came to them. ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar asked, “Are you man or woman?” She said, “A woman.” Thereupon ‘Abdullah said to his companions,

“Surely, Allah curse the women who imitate men and men who imitate women.” (Bukhari)

Thus, the display of women’s attractions is a cause for incurring Allah’s curse. This display may take various forms like exposing the ornament such as gold and pearls from under the head-covering, wearing revealing and sexy clothes, using of fragrant perfumes, etc. unfortunately, most of women today are accustomed to these immoral fashions.

By the same token, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) stated,

“I looked at Hell-fire and saw the majority of its inhabitants are Women. “He (pbuh) disclosed further, “I left no harmful trial to men than women.”( Muslim)

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