Alhamdulillah, all praise is due to Almighty Allah. His blessings and favours are immeasurable. We can’t thank Him enough, we can only strive to please Him by obeying His commandments and staying away from that which angers Him, note that both are only beneficial to us.
It is however quite disturbing that sins become easier to commit with the passing of each day. It is more disturbing the manner in which we inculcate and propagate such sinful trends. Also those in position to curtail such sinful trends remain silent. May Allah forgive us all.
Our deen forbids us sisters from any act of Tabarruj (women showing off their beauty to non-mahrams) so much so that it is considered a gravious sin in islam.
Allah (subhanahu wata aala) said in the Qur’an:
*and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance* (Q33:33)
Such acts of Tabarruj as stipulated by our scholars include:
1. When one exposes the beauty of her face and body before non-Mahram men.
2- When she exposes the beauty of her clothes and jewelry before them.
3- When she exposes herself before them through the way she walks and talks.
Nowadays, tabarruj is committed very easily through social media; Sisters upload pictures of themselves sometimes with makeup, in different poses, smiling, laughing, playing e.t.c through whatsapp status, facebook, twitter, snap chat and what have you. These photos can be saved by everyone, sent and viewed by anyone. It isn’t enough to say viewing is restricted to a specific amount of people because there’s no guarantee that those people that can see it won’t save it and be cause of it spreading to other people. By men viewing these photos, almost all the forbidden acts of tabarruj has been committed by us.
And many other vices are propagated by our photos been spread on social media.
When we put our picture on your profile on social networks, we are causing Fitnah to our brothers in Islam because we don’t help them to lower their gaze even if we are wearing our Hijab in that picture. In the street we are supposed to lower our gaze as they (Muslim men) are suppose to lower theirs. Because any man would feel that he is free to look at our picture as he wants, the moment he wants, because we are showing it to the whole world. He is also of course disobeying Allah of course, but we led him to the disobedience.
Second, generally, people in the street can’t take picture of us whenever we go out but on social networks, strange men can easily upload your picture and keep it for themselves without us even knowing about it. Think about it, they can use it in creating false facebook profiles or use them in “dating sites” or any other social site! Or worse, they can even edit it and spread it on net just for fun!
Thirdly, think about how many sins one will have for every man who will look at ones picture and and admire ones beauty?
Let’s think twice before putting a picture of ourselves on any social media. Let’s not take it as small matter, let’s not say “we will stop it one day” because you don’t know if you will live till that day. Not “if” but “When” that day will come, we will leave behind a continuous bad deed !
Let’s Fear Allāh and fear the Day we will return to Him and have to stand in front of Him with every single atom of deed we have ever done in front of Him and answer for it.
Tabarruj is unacceptable and we will all be accountable for every single act we commit, including those of us who have stayed silent or encouraged it by reposting it.
May Allah (subhanahu wata aala) continue to guide our actions, ameen.