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“Painting is the grandchild of nature. It is related to God.” – Rembrandt

Rembrandt painted his relationship to God through portraits and illustration of Biblical scenes to incorporate spirituality in his art work. Art is the expression of ideas through painting and this is where the master artisan from the golden period of Islamic history took a different course and with great mastery gave birth to the aesthetics of Islamic Art as we know today.

Islamic Art is a broad subject that includes everything from calligraphy, stucco design, geometric shapes, floral patterns and architecture etc. This art was born out of the need to reflect the spiritual and reflective nature of the religion to reinforce the awareness of God through new forms of aesthetics. These new aesthetics had to be free from any portrayal of animate objects which possessed a soul in accordance with the Prophetic Tradition which prohibited portrayal of anything that possessed a soul.

This led to the Islamic art developing its own form of expressions yet utilising the old techniques of the Persian and Byzantine cultures and developing new ones with the time. As Islam spread its influence, Islamic art became more and more diverse and dynamic by adopting the new forms of artistic expressions in various parts of the world. For Muslims all forms of Islamic Art is a means to attain closeness to the divine nature of God by contemplating on the beauty of art itself.

At the centre of the origin of Islamic Art is the fascination with the written word which is down to two factors. First, being that the Arab people were masters of oratory skills and were unaware of the power of the written word that had deep and profound impact on their society after the revelation of The Holy Qur’an. Secondly, when the Qur’an was revealed and written its divine message had profound impact on the society and this expression of its appreciation was shown in all aspects of society. In Islamic Art this was expressed in Arabic calligraphy which became the adornment of the courts of caliphs and wazirs. This did not exclude scholars and theologians whose timeless literature was composed elaborately in Arabic calligraphy with great attention.

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Male Islamic followers should be concerned with clothing in two contexts: clothing for everyday wear, both inside and outside the house; and clothing that are required in religious contexts. This article shall explore the clothing guidelines for Islamic men.

The Qur’an has the following passage that Islamic men follow: “Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty: that will make for greater purity for them: And Allah is well acquainted with all that they do.”

However, there are many different interpretations of what “modesty” requires. Covering the awrah in public, which is the area belly button to the knees for men, is essential in Islam. However, the awrah does not need to be covered in front of the wife during love-making.

These are the basic guidelines for modest dressing for men;

Clothes should not be worn for fame, pride or vanity.
They should completely cover his awrah.
Men’s clothing should be loose enough so as not to describe what he is covering (awrah).
They should be thick enough so as not to reveal the colour of the skin or the parts required to cover.
They should not be designed in a way to attract attention. The basic rule of modesty and avoid show-off applies to all believers men and women.
If a person sleeps wearing the same Jubbah or thobe, he should avoid wearing it for in front of Allah.
Not allowed to wear silk nor gold in everyday life.

A builder/decorator would not wear his work clothes to a social meeting or a social event, while you wouldn’t attend work in your pyjamas, so it therefore makes perfect sense that a person does not stand in front of Allah in similar clothing. Therefore a thawb (or thobe) is an ankle-length garment, usually with long sleeves, similar to a robe, which is worn during religious occasions.

It is also worn in everyday life by many Muslims due to the modesty of the garments. A guideline believed by many Muslims is that the clothing should not be similar to what could be identified as the dress of unbelievers.

However, the thawb is typically worn by men in hot Muslim countries – mainly as a Muslim garment, but also for protection from the sun and tradition. It is normally made of cotton, but heavier materials such as sheep’s wool can also be used, especially in colder seasons.

In conclusion, the basic guidelines for Islamic clothing for men is to select simple and modest clothes that doesn’t bring attention to himself.

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