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Chapter 33. Women Imitating Men And Vice Versa

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) declared,

"Allah curses men who imitate women and women who imitate men.” [Bukhari]

In another narration,

"May Allah curse the masculine woman.” [Abu Dawud]

It means that the woman who behaves like men. He (pbuh) also said,

"May Allah curse the effeminate man and the masculine woman.” [Bukhari]

On the authority of Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

"Allah curses a woman who wears a men's clothing and a man who wears a woman's dress.” [Abu Dawud]

When a woman wears a man's clothing, she will incur Allah's curse upon herself and her husband as long as he does not rebuke her or try to discipline her character. The husband, in Islam, is responsible about disciplining and teaching his wife as the Glorious Quran commands,

O ye who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones. (Al- Tahrim: 6)

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) stressed this fact saying,

"Each of you is a guardian and responsible about his subjects: The man is a guardian over his household and will be asked about them on the Day of Judgment.” [Bukhari]

He (pbuh) said further,

"Men would be perished because they obeyed women (in vanity).” [Ahmad]

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

"It will not be a witness for two types of people who are destined for the Hell-fire: People with whips like the tails of cows, who beat the people (i.e., tyrannical rulers who are the enemies of their own people), and women who although clothed, are yet naked, seducing and being seduced, their hair styled like the tilted humps of camels. These will not enter the Garden nor its fragrance even reach them, although its fragrance reaches a very great distance.” [Muslim]

The hadith depicts these women with clothed and naked ones meaning that although they are clothed by Allah's gifts, they are naked because of their ingratitude. Other scholars hold that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) described such women as being clothed, yet naked, since they wear clothes which fail to cover the body and which are transparent, revealing what is underneath.

Such women are further described as seducing and being seduced, meaning that they behave and walk in seductive and sensuous manner. They disobey Allah and call others to do so.

The Messenger (pbuh) likened their hairstyle to the humps, special breed of camel which has very large humps, because they put up their hair in a beehive shape from the middle of their heads.

Nafi said, "Once Ibn Umar and Abdullah Ibn Arnr were sitting with Al-Zubair Ibn Abdul-Muttalib when a woman driving a flock of sheep and shouldering an arrow came to them. Abdullah Ibn Umar asked, "Are you man or woman?" She said, "A woman." Thereupon Abdullah said to his companions, "Surely, Allah curse the women who imitate men and men who imitate women.” [Bukhari]

Thus, the display of women's attractions is a cause for incurring Allah's curse. This display may take various forms like exposing the ornament such as gold and pearls from under the head-covering, wearing revealing and sexy clothes, using of fragrant perfumes, etc. unfortunately, most of women today are accustomed to these immoral fashions.

By the same token, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) stated,

"I looked at Hell-fire and saw the majority of its inhabitants are Women. "He (pbuh) disclosed further, "I left no harmful trial to men than women.” [Muslim]


Chapter 1

Ascribing Associates To Allah, the Most High (Shirk)

Chapter 2

Killing A Human Being

Chapter 3


Chapter 4

Not Performing The Prayer

Chapter 5

Not Paying Zakat

Chapter 6

Breaking One's Fast During Ramadan Without An Excuse

Chapter 7

Not Performing the Hajj when Able to

Chapter 8

Showing Disrespect to One's Parents

Chapter 9

Severing the Ties of One's Relatives

Chapter 10


Chapter 11


Chapter 12

Accepting Usurious Gain

Chapter 13

Wrong Consuming An Orphan's Property

Chapter 14

Lying About The Prophet

Chapter 15

Fleeing From The Battlefield

Chapter 16

The Leader Who Misleads His Followers, The Tyrant And The Oppressor

Chapter 17

Arrogance, Pride, Conceit, Vanity And Haughtiness

Chapter 18

Bearing False Witness

Chapter 19

Drinking Alcohol

Chapter 20

Gambling (qimar)

Chapter 21

Accusing A Woman Of Adultery

Chapter 22

Misappropriating Spoils Of War, Muslim Funds Or Zakat

Chapter 23


Chapter 24

Highwaymen Who Menace The Road

Chapter 25

The Engulfing Oath

Chapter 26

Taking People's Property Through Falsehood

Chapter 27

Collecting Taxes

Chapter 28

The Consumption of Haram

Chapter 29


Chapter 30

Telling Lies

Chapter 31

The Dishonest Judge

Chapter 32


Chapter 33

Women Imitating Men And Vice Versa

Chapter 34

The Pimp and the one Who Permits His Wife to Fornicate

Chapter 35

Marrying Solely To Return To The Previous Husband

Chapter 36

Not Freeing Oneself Of All Traces Of Urine

Chapter 37

Showing Off In Good Work

Chapter 38

Learning Sacred Knowledge For The Sake Of This World, Or Concealing It

Chapter 39

Breach of Trust

Chapter 40

Reminding Recipients of Ones Charity To Them

Chapter 41

Disbelieving In Destiny (qadar)

Chapter 42

Listening To People's Private Conversations

Chapter 43

The Talebearer Who Stirs Up Enmity Between People

Chapter 44

Cursing Others

Chapter 45

Breaking Promises or Pledges

Chapter 46

Believing Fortune Tellers And Astrologers

Chapter 47

Wife Rebelling Against Her Husband

Chapter 48

Picture Making