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

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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



Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith.

(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 5 pg. 205)



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

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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