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They (your wives) are your garment and you are a garment for them

By Atif289

"They (your wives) are your garment and you are a garment for them" (Noble Quran 2:187)

This verse of the Quran reveals the basic purpose and concept of marriage in Islam. Islam enjoins that a wife and husband should have the most intimate and loving relationship. Each should cover, protect, and safeguard the interests of the ...other partner. This profound and revolutionary verse has the following 5 practical implications:

1- The fact that man and woman are considered garments to each other suggests that both have an equal status in sharing the responsibilities of marriage.

2- As the garment covers the body in such a way that there is nothing between the garment and the body, the husband and wife should be so close and intimate to each other that there should be no secrets between them. Both confide fully in each other and share their joys and sorrows without any hesitation.

3- The task of the garment is to protect the body from outside dangers. The husband and wife accordingly protect each other from all external dangers and work together to build a home and a tranquil refuge from the harshness of daily life.

4- A garment not only covers the body but also gives it beauty and grace. Similarly, husband and wife should not only cover and shield each other from external worries, temptations, abuses....etc., but should do so with grace and dignity.

5- No one likes to live without clothes, hence men and women should aspire to get married and serve as garments to each other.

It is interesting to note how this verse played a major role in the journey of a British economist and teacher, Kieren Ashorth to Islam (now known as Yusuf Abdullah):

"Very often in my journey to Islam, I was faced with intellectual and moral dilemmas. Was Islam not supposed to be cruel to women, roughly half of the world's population? One day, I was reading a translation of the Quran and came across a passage in which it described 'a wife as a garment for her husband and a husband as a garment for his wife.' What beauty and what a sublime description!"

   Comments: 6     Raters: 2     April 22, 2011 at 6:17pm         


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confusedCA-nian (April 28, 2011 at 12:00am)
To the person who now took my comment as an attack on their point of view... it truly wasn't meant as that, there is no harm in agreeing to disagree, and don't apologize for it either...you are entitled to your opinion just as I am entitled to mine, plus a healthy discourse never hurt no one (well maybe the fanatics)...in the words of someone famous, Tis all gud!

Oh and absolutely no apology needed/required or comment removable required (infact you should put it back on)!

Chiragh-e-Raah (April 27, 2011 at 4:19am)
Hmm i did not say ONly .....equally i did also use the words 'in my opinion'
as for choice and type ...then yes of course if one moves away from the metaphorical interpretation ...then it is up to each individual as to their individual preferences.....
Individuals differ as do their tastes,,, and if you re-read my response, you will note again i did not imply that each person should or would chose same ingredients :p or quantities etc....each to their own :-)
am sorry you took it as a lecture.....and seem to take my sentiments behind the response in an adverse way..
I will leave you to provide enlightenment then ...peace and out :-)
to the author of JE...my apologies that my comments caused angst...!!

to the person who took my coments as a lecture and all the other negative connotations / issues...i am removing my comments....the platform is yours :-)
confusedCA-nian (April 27, 2011 at 1:27am)
To the individual who took it upon themselves to give a lecture to the response 'what kind of garment...@ (sorry cant see your id either)- the comment was meant as a 'tongue in cheek' joke, and had nothing to do with the meaning and sentiment behind the journal.

However, I would like to point out culturally speaking clothing has been used as a status symbol, as a means of control and as a way to express oneself. Therefore 'metaphorically' speaking, your claim that it should be used as only as a means of "protection, hayaah, modesty, security etc" although true, is not entirely accurate. The choice/type and reason for a garment would entirely depend on the wearer what they want the 'garment' to be a reflection of for them . . . and the same can be applied to individual what they want in a spouse!
hotpot (April 23, 2011 at 12:40am)
In fact each should protect each others dignity, life and from the ills of the world. Such is how an ideal married couple should be. Such is also in almost every religion. For better or for worse, until death do us apart.

But sadly there are very few who live life in a manner where one feels like wanting to become a garmet for the other. And when this happens the fact is that a sad majority have very little value for such sentiments and tear open this garment into shreds for a few stubborn choices and selfishness.
confusedCA-nian (April 22, 2011 at 11:05pm)
Beautiful sentiment.. am wondering is there any description of what kind of a garment a spouse is to serve as???

I mean there is a HUUUUUGE difference between a bikini/speedo versus a burkah and........umm..whatever the male equivalent of a burkah is!
Chiragh-e-Raah (April 22, 2011 at 6:28pm)