There are many meanings to at-tabarruj according to (different) scholars. According to Imaam Al-Albanee (Rahimahullaah), He said “Tabarruj is when a woman exposes her adornment, body features and all that she is obligated to cover which invites the desire of men”. (Mar`at -il- Muslimah, page 54). The messenger of Allaah (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: And the worst of hyprocrites and none from amongst them (i.e these women) will enter Paradise except (those who are) like the crow (Reported by Al-Bayhadi in his Sunan 7/82) and authenticated by Al-Albanee in his as-Saheeha (4/1849).
A woman is considered to be neglecting Hijab when she exposes some of her beauty or adornment that she has to cover under sharee`ah before non-mahram men (i.e men that are marriageable to her). This includes exposure of the woman`s beauty and adornment such as her jewellery, her arms, legs, chest, neck and face. Sheik Abu Al-A`la Al-Mawdoodi, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said “The word tabarruj when used in relation to woman, has three meanings;
When she exposes the beauty of her face and body before non-mahram.
When she exposes the beauty of her cloth and jewelry before them.
When she exposes herself before them through the way she walks and moves.
Also, tabarruj is an unchaste sin. The woman is Awrah, a source of attraction and therefore, her body is not to be shown by wearing clothes that show off her body, it shape and features; doing such is disgraceful. Allaah (Subhanahu wa ta`ala ) orders us to stay away from disgraceful sins, “And when they commits faahishaah (evil deeds, every kind of unlawful sexual intercourse, etc). They say “we found our fathers doing it and Allaah has commanded us of it. `say` Nay, Allaah never commands faahishaa. Do you say of Allaah what you know not?” (Al-A`raf[7]:28). Rather, it is shaytaan who orders such faahishaah, such disgraceful sins. Allaah (Subhanahu wa ta`ala ) says “Shaytaan (satan) threatens you with poverty and orders you to commit faahishaah (evil deeds, illegal sexual intercourse, sins etc); whereas Allaah promises you forgiveness from Himself and Bounty, and All is All- sufficient for his creatures` needs, All-knower” ( Al-Baqarah[2]:268). The mutabaarijat, those who do at-tabarruj (displays their beauty) create a sinful virus which spreads disgraceful sins in the Muslim society. Allah says, “Verily, those who like that (the crime of) illegal sexual intercourse should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter. And Alllah Knows and you know not.” (An-Nur[24]:19).
Tabarruj is prohibited by the Qur`aan , the Sunnah of the prophet (Sallaahu `alayhi wa salaam), as well as the Muslims` concensus. All the woman`s body is `Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered) and it is prohibited that non-mahram men see any part of her body, hair adornment or inner clothes (what is underneath the loose outer garment). How most women currently do when they neglect the Hijab as well as expose their beauty and adornment of gold, and so on, features disobedience to Allaah the Almighty in public, imitation of non-muslim women and the excitement of temptation.
When a woman goes out with her head, neck, chest, arms or legs uncovered, it is one of the greatest evils that violates the pure sharee`ah. Going out of the home tempting and being tempted neglecting the Hijab, exposing the adornment, wearing perfume, exposing the body and outer mixing with non-mahram men, wearing of flashy hijabs is one of the grave major sins and the most harmful temptation which displeases Allaah and entails his wrath and punishment.
Furthermore, tabarruj can be classified as a door to widespread evil. Anyone who carefully examines the Islamic texts, the Qur`aan, the authentic sunnah and the lessons from history will become convinced of the evils and harms of tabarruj, both in the religion and worldly matters. Tabarruj is said to be one of the corruption of morality of men, especially the youth and those in adolescence; it pushes them to commit various kinds of sins. Also, it is another cause for the commercial abuse of women in the media, advertisement, entertainment and many other areas.
Tabarruj is a spread of disease; the Prophet (Salaallaahu `alayhi wa salaam) said, “sins did not spread in any particular nation until openly conducted (their sins) and (the resultant) plague and other illnesses that were common among their predecessors became present amongst them.
Finally, tabarruj is the facilitation of the great sin of Zinaah (adultery and fornication) which is done by the eyes. The Prophet (SallaAllaahu `alayhi wa salaam) said “The adultery of the eyes is lustful look”. (Reported by Muslim) and tabarruj makes it difficult to lower the gaze.
To my dear sisters in Islaam, please let us follow what is in line with the Qur`aan and sunnah in respect of Tabarruj, let us stop displaying our adornment outside our house, carrying flashy bags, wearing of hijabs and shoes that are flashy, all these are also part of our adornments. We claim to love Allaah and the Prophet and yet we keep doing what Allaah and the Prophet did not love. Allah said “ if you really love Allaah then follow me (i.e accept Islamic monotheism, follow the Qur`aan and the Sunnah), Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. Allaah is Oft-forgiving and Most Merciful.” (Al-Imran[3]:32).
I pray Allaah make this write-up beneficial for both the writer and the readers. AS SALAAM `ALAYKUM WARAHMOTULLAAHI WABAAROKATUH.


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  1. JazaakumuLlahu khayran jazaa’an. May Allah continue to help His deen through An-nuur press agency and its members. Ameen.


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