Staying cool!

Assalamu alaikum, this may seem a trivial question but im worried with summer comming i am a revert of just under 1 year and i am wondering if anyone has any ideas for keeping cool in hot weather with covering everything except hands and face i tend to feel warm anyway sometimes and am just wondering what ladies do in summer if they feel the heat in hijaabs and long sleeves etc.


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you can Stay in your House..and you Must know that

....Say, "The fire of Hell is fiercer in heat." If only they could understand! (9:81)

“O you who believe! Ward off yourselves and your families against a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allaah, but do that which they are commanded”

[al-Tahreem 66:6]

you should Know that :The conditions of hijaab:

Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:


(It should cover all the body apart from whatever has been exempted).

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies (i.e. screen themselves completely except the eyes or one eye to see the way). That will be better, that they should be known (as free respectable women) so as not to be annoyed. And Allaah is Ever Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

This aayah clearly states that it is obligatory to cover all of a woman’s beauty and adornments and not to display any part of that before non-mahram men (“strangers”) except for whatever appears unintentionally, in which case there will be no sin on them if they hasten to cover it up.

Al-Haafiz ibn Katheer said in his Tafseer:

This means that they should not display any part of their adornment to non-mahrams, apart from that which it is impossible to conceal. Ibn Mas’ood said: such as the cloak and robe, i.e., what the women of the Arabs used to wear, an outer garment which covered whatever the woman was wearing, except for whatever appeared from beneath the outer garment. There is no sin on a woman with regard to this because it is impossible to conceal it.


(it should not be an adornment in and of itself).

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“… and not to show off their adornment…” [al-Noor 24:31]. The general meaning of this phrase includes the outer garment, because if it is decorated it will attract men’s attention to her. This is supported by the aayah in Soorat al-Ahzaab (interpretation of the meaning):

“And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance” [al-Ahzaab 33:33]. It is also supported by the hadeeth in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are three, do not ask me about them: a man who leaves the jamaa’ah, disobeys his leader and dies disobedient; a female or male slave who runs away then dies; and a woman whose husband is absent and left her with everything she needs, and after he left she made a wanton display of herself. Do not ask about them.”

(Narrated by al-Haakim, 1/119; Ahmad, 6/19; from the hadeeth of Faddaalah bint ‘Ubayd. Its isnaad is saheeh and it is in al-Adab al-Mufrad).


(It should be thick and not transparent or “see-thru”)

- because it cannot cover properly otherwise. Transparent or see-thru clothing makes a woman more tempting and beautiful. Concerning this the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “During the last days of my ummah there will be women who are clothed but naked, with something on their heads like the humps of camels. Curse them, for they are cursed.” Another hadeeth adds: “They will not enter Paradise or even smell its fragrance, although its fragrance can be detected from such and such a distance.”

(Narrated by Muslim from the report of Abu Hurayrah).

Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr said: what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) meant was women who wear clothes made of light fabric which describes and does not cover. They are clothed in name but naked in reality.

Transmitted by al-Suyooti in Tanweer al-Hawaalik, 3/103.


(It should be loose, not tight so that it describes any part of the body).

The purpose of clothing is to prevent fitnah (temptation), and this can only be achieved if clothes are wide and loose. Tight clothes, even if they conceal the colour of the skin, still describe the size and shape of the body or part of it, and create a vivid image in the minds of men. The corruption or invitation to corruption that is inherent in that is quite obvious. So the clothes must be wide. Usaamah ibn Zayd said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) gave me a thick Egyptian garment that was one of the gifts given to him by Duhyat al-Kalbi, and I gave it to my wife to wear. He said, ‘Why do I not see you wearing that Egyptian garment?’ I said, ‘I gave it to my wife to wear.’ He said, ‘Tell her to wear a gown underneath it, for I am afraid that it may describe the size of her bones.’” (Narrated by al-Diyaa’ al-Maqdisi in al-Ahaadeeth al-Mukhtaarah, 1/442, and by Ahmad and al-Bayhaqi, with a hasan isnaad).


(It should not be perfumed with bakhoor or fragrance)

There are many ahaadeeth which forbid women to wear perfume when they go out of their houses. We will quote here some of those which have saheeh isnaads:

Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Any woman who puts on perfume then passes by people so that they can smell her fragrance, is an adulteress.”

Zaynab al-Thaqafiyyah reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If any one of you (women) goes out to the mosque, let her not touch any perfume.”

Abu Hurayrah said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Any woman who has scented herself with bakhoor (incense), let her not attend ‘Ishaa’ prayers with us.”

Moosa ibn Yassaar said that a woman passed by Abu Hurayrah and her scent was overpowering. He said, “O female slave of al-Jabbaar, are you going to the mosque?” She said, “Yes,” He said, “And have you put on perfume because of that?” She said, “Yes.” He said, “Go back and wash yourself, for I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: ‘If a woman comes out to the mosque and her fragrance is overpowering, Allaah will not accept any prayer from her until she goes home and washes herself.’”

These ahaadeeth are general in implication. Just as the prohibition covers perfume applied to the body, it also covers perfume applied to the clothes, especially in the third hadeeth, where bakhoor (incense) is mentioned, because incense is used specifically to perfume the clothes.

The reason for this prohibition is quite clear, which is that women’s fragrance may cause undue provocation of desires. The scholars also included other things under this heading of things to be avoided by women who want to go to the mosque, such as beautiful clothes, jewellery that can be seen, excessive adornments and mingling with men. See Fath al-Baari, 2/279.

Ibn Daqeeq al-‘Eed said:

This indicates that it is forbidden for a woman who wants to go to the mosque to wear perfume, because this causes provocation of men’s desires. This was reported by al-Manaawi in Fayd al-Qadeer, in the commentary on the first hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah quoted above.


(It should not resemble the clothing of men)

It was reported in the saheeh ahaadeeth that a woman who imitates men in dress or in other ways is cursed. There follow some of the ahaadeeth that we know:

Abu Hurayrah said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed the man who wears women’s clothes, and the woman who wears men’s clothes.”

‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: ‘They are not part of us, the women who imitate men and the men who imitate women.’”

Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed effeminate men and masculine women. He said, ‘Throw them out of your houses.’” He said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) expelled So and so, and ‘Umar expelled So and so.” According to another version: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed men who imitate women and women who imitate men.”

‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘There are three who will not enter Paradise and Allaah will not even look at them on the Day of Resurrection: one who disobeys his parents, a woman who imitates men, and the duyooth (cuckold, weak man who feels no jealousy over his womenfolk).”

Ibn Abi Maleekah – whose name was ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Ubayd-Allaah – said: “It was said to ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her), ‘What if a woman wears (men’s) sandals?’ She said: ‘The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed women who act like men.’”

These ahaadeeth clearly indicate that it is forbidden for women to imitate men and vice versa, This usually includes dress and other matters, apart from the first hadeeth quoted above, which refers to dress only.

Abu Dawood said, in Masaa’il al-Imaam Ahmad (p. 261): “I heard Ahmad being asked about a man who dresses his slave woman in a tunic. He said, ‘Do not clothe her in men’s garments, do not make her look like a man.” Abu Dawood said: “I said to Ahmad, Can he give her bachelor sandals to wear? He said, No, unless she wears them to do wudoo’. I said, What about for beauty? He said, No. I said, Can he cut her hair short? He said, No.”


(It should not resemble the dress of kaafir women).

It is stated in sharee’ah that Muslims, men and women alike, should not resemble or imitate the kuffaar with regard to worship, festivals or clothing that is specific to them. This is an important Islamic principle which nowadays, unfortunately, is neglected by many Muslims, even those who care about religion and calling others to Islam. This is due either to ignorance of their religion, or because they are following their own whims and desires, or because of deviation, combined with modern customs and imitation of kaafir Europe. This was one of the causes of the Muslims’ decline and weakness, which enabled the foreigners to overwhelm and colonize them. “…Verily, Allaah will not change the condition of a people as long as they do not change their state themselves …” [al-Ra’d 13:11 – interpretation of the meaning]. If only they knew.

It should be known that there is a great deal of saheeh evidence for these important rules in the Qur’aan and Sunnah, and that the evidence in the Qur’aan is elaborated upon in the Sunnah, as is always the case.


(It should not be a garment of fame and vanity).

Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever wears a garment of fame and vanity in this world, Allaah will clothe him in a garment of humiliation on the Day of Resurrection, then He will cause Fire to flame up around him.’”

(Hijaab al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, p. 54-67).


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well that's all right but the assumption is that the sister is in need.

please post this topic into private forums so that you can have an open discussion with other sisters.


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Wa alaykum salam wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakatuh

Well hello here's a sister. Honestly, Singapore is VERY hot. But I am not affected by the heat, in spite of layered clothings and hijab. So I don't really have an answer.

To focus on why I am not affected: It is a reminder for me that hell is hotter than this. When I am reminded, I recite dhikr to praise the Oneness of Allaah and ask him to protect me from hellfire. Remember sister, when a Muslim experiences even discomfort, or pain like a thorn prick his/her sins will be expiated. And I bank on this to expiate my sins.

So, I'm cool.


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salam alikum dont worry sis?

u know i always wondered this in the mideast (kuwait) do u know how hot it gets here u dont want to know 50 degrees and higher . it is best to wear cotton clothes and not black in the summer. but it varies per person. i love my abaya but i think il exchange it in the winter for something cooler. hehe , maybe a different colour or something lol. . u know if u ever feel hot , just say to ur self hell is hotter . there is one man bless him he works as a icecream man where i live he works out in the hot weather. one of my family realtive asked him how the heck do u do ur job in such heat? the man replied what ever ALLAH swt has made weather hot or cold i love . bascially this is ALLAHS way so what ever he did he loves and he is thankful . bless this man . this is his living and i know he doesnt wear hijab but he does sweat more than u think., he just drinks water all day and works may ALLAH reward this man for his patience ameen


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i just know one thing if u do something to please allah swt , by having so much difficulties the reward is also higher and also sis when u feel warm while wearing hijab and layered clothes inshallah allah swt is watching u and will make weather cooler for u , when we do something for allah swt difficulties shouldnt matter , we should have one thing in mind that we love allah swt and we are doing it to please allah swt ,

Aisya al-Humaira

الحمدلله على كل حال
Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Sister, first of all, welcome to Islam and Alhamdulillahi Rabb al-Alameen that He has guided you to Islam.

At first, it might give you some discomfort to be all wrapped up in the hot, humid weather. But InshaAllaah once you get used to it, you won't feel the heat anymore. I experienced many times when the heat feels like 38°C outside, but suddenly this breeze come swaying to me as if acting like a cooler from the nature. SubhanaAllaah. :)

Its been quite hot nowadays at my place, way hotter than usual (most places around the globe are being affected by this extreme hot temperature) and it barely rains. So basically its hot and warm around the year.

Many people, reverts or non-reverts have manage to do it, so I fully believe that you can too :) Most important, try to tell your heart firmly that you will be doing this for the sake of Allaah. So InshaAllaah, He will provide you with the courage and determination to always protect your awrah in spite of the summer. Allaah is The Source of Strengths.

Maybe you can check around the sisters' forum as they have some recommendations on where to buy clothes for the seasons (specifically in the US).

Hope that helps.

Take care.

Thank you all for your comments i will manage there is no doubt of that as its what Allah wills i just wanted to know if the sisters had any little tips thanks again.

naz haider

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sister you can wear an abaya that is of light material. Don't go for black, but other not so dark colors like brown or maybe green. For the scarf you can use something light, like cotton or gorgette. Just make sure its of dark color and not see through. You can experiment with the scarf and choose a color and material which is comfortable. You can also tie up the scarf in a way that it does not reveal and also lets air pass through. In case you need help or tips on how to tie the scraf, just PM me.
I hope I have helped you and may Allah make it easy for you.
Take care


Assalaam walaikum,

Sister I know what you are going through. Tips I use. For the hijab..I use lace as the inner piece. I use a broad headband. This provides covering. It is a you can breathe. Stay away from any syntheic hijabs. There is nothing cooler than good old cotton. Sometimes the Indian style duppata, cotton, can be wrapped in an appropriate way as not to show and is sensible.
Remember, even Western believing women wear scarfs in the summertime. It acts as a shield from the penetrating rays of the sun. You avoid headaches by covering.
I can not stop but scream: cotton, cotton, cotton. I wear broomstick skirts with slips..lots of room and they keep you cool. The looser the garment the cooler you remain.
Too, this is true...drink water..yougart..cucumbers..keep you cool. Avoid dirnks with ice. Drink liquids at room temperture.

I do not turn on the airconditioner in my car. I try to remain in a stable environment. If the temperture changes too drastically..your body rebells.

Synthetic fabrics trap heat. Stay away from denim. You need a fabric that is a weave. It allows air to circulate. Wear your hair up ( pony-tail; bun).

beautiful is islam

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:salam2: dear sis. you should buy a lot of long cotton dress. that help out a lot. the store by now are coming out with a lot of long summer dress. get those and were with a long sleeve shirts. for hijab some stores do have summer hijab. good luck tell me all about it.