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Nabi’s (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) advice to a woman to dress modestly

Question

What is the translation of the following Hadith?

عن ابن أسامة بن زيد، أن أباه أسامة، قال كساني رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قبطية كثيفة كانت مما أهداها دحية الكلبي، فكسوتها امرأتي، فقال لي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: ما لك لم تلبس القبطية؟  قلت: يا رسول الله، كسوتها امرأتي. فقال لي رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: مرها فلتجعل تحتها غلالة، إني أخاف أن تصف حجم عظامها

 

Answer

Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith.

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 5 pg. 205)

 

Translation

Sayyiduna Usamah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) says, “Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) once gifted me a thick cotton garment [which was made in Egypt] which Sayyiduna Dihyah Al Kalbi (radiyallahu ‘anhu) had gifted him. I gifted it to my wife.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then asked me, ‘Why aren’t you wearing the garment’? I replied, ‘O Rasulullah! I gave it to my wife to wear.’ Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) told me, ‘Order her to wear an undergarment as well [when wearing it] for I fear that the size of her bone structure be visible.

(Refer: Hashiyatus Sindhi ‘Ala Musnadil Imam Ahmad, vol. 5 pg. 202)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar