The glorification of nudity as a symbol of a progressive
civilization and modernism has promoted immodesty to a great
extent. Islam, on the other hand, has promoted modesty and
decency by legally making compulsory to wear a costume to
cover the body.
According to the so-called modernists, the purpose of wearing
a dress is not to conceal the attractive and finer parts
of the body, but to adorn it. On the contrary Islam places
a great emphasis on covering nudity. Islam has admonished
its adherents to compulsorily cover those parts of a male
physique that attract women and those of women that cause
excitement in men.
The costume of women is considered to be more sensitive in
almost all the human societies. The sheer attractive body
structure of a woman, which is no match for a man's physical
makeup, requires to be concealed with a high degree of modesty.
That is why Islam has given clear and comprehensive instructions
regarding clothing. In fact the instructions to cover oneself
were given at the dawn of human civilization itself. Islam
has clearly instructed the compulsory covering of those parts
of men and women that incite passions in the opposite sex.
Men should always cover themselves from the navel to the
Women should cover their entire body except face and arms.
Barring ones spouse people are not allowed to expose themselves
to any other person. Further a woman is allowed to adorn
herself with her beautification and ornaments only in presence
of other women, husband, relatives with whom marriage is
forbidden, servants and children. This in no way, tends to
curb her freedom but in fact protects her honour and modesty.