Muslim Nudists and Does Islam Allow Nudism or Nude Muslims?

| October 24, 2010 | 5 Comments

Muslim Nudists and the conflicts between Islam and nudism or nudity

Modesty is a must for Muslims – But are Muslim nudists or Nude Muslims breaking the religious laws of Islam?

Muslim Nudists / Islam and NudismNudism is basically defined as the social practice of being nude in a social setting. Islam is a religion in which modesty plays a critical role, and nudity is forbidden in most situations. The Prophet Muhammad is reported to have instructed Muslims to cover and guard their naked private parts, only revealing them to their spouse. The Qur’an has specific instructions regarding nudity and the exposed flesh. It teaches Muslim women that their naked body may be beautiful but that beauty is not to be shared with the world.

According to Surah (chapter) 24 verse 31 of the Qur’an, when in public, a Muslim woman should be covered from head to toe with only her face and hands visible. Muslim women are also specifically instructed to cover their breasts.

Muslim men must be covered from the navel to the knees and may not wear tight fitting, sheer, or form revealing clothing. Muslims believe that wearing revealing clothing inspires temptation which aids Satan in his quest to cause a person to sin.

Also, Muslim women are taught to dress modestly for their own protection so that they may be free from fear of sexual molestation. In addition, many Muslim women feel that by covering their naked body, they can refrain from being judged based on their physical appearance. Islamic women believe this forces people to judge them by their intelligence and personality instead of their body shape or hair style.

Muslim Man Praying by Luca Cauchi

Muslim Man Praying by Luca Cauchi

When a Muslim person is at home, clothing requirements are more relaxed, provided only immediate family is present. Immediate family is defined more specifically as men that a Muslim woman cannot marry due to being related (such as her father, male siblings, male children, uncles, as well as her husband’s immediate male relatives), women, and small children who do not yet even grasp the concept of sex.

In such a situation, a Muslim woman may remove her head covering, which is called a hi-jab. She is allowed to show slightly more skin. For example, they are allowed to wear a short sleeved shirt, but still may not wear anything too revealing – such as a low cut top or short skirt. Muslim men are still required to be covered from the navel to the knees.

Nude Arab Muslim Nudist Woman Wearing only her Hijab

Nude Arab Muslim Nudist Woman Wearing only her Hijab

There are very few situations during which a Muslim is permitted to be nude or semi-nude. One such situation is in the presence of their spouse. A small number of people believe that a husband and wife should not be naked together even during sex. However, most Muslims agree that there is nothing in the Qur’an or the teachings of Prophet Muhammad that forbids being naked with your spouse.

Another situation during which nudity is allowed is when a Muslim is bathing in private. Islam promotes cleanliness and it would be very hard to shower with your clothing on.

Lastly, as previously mentioned, a Muslim may be nude when absolutely medically necessary. Meaning that a Muslim should try to avoid being naked or semi-nude for a medical evaluation or treatment, but if it cannot be avoided, nudity is permitted. However, a Muslim woman should see a female doctor and may only see a male doctor if a female doctor is unavailable.

Given this in-depth look at Islam’s views on nudity, it is clear that a devout Muslim could never be a nudist and naturism could never be a part of a Muslim’s life. Modesty is a cornerstone of the Islamic faith and cannot be discarded.

Islam and the concept of nudism are in direct opposition to one another, and there is no middle ground on which a compromise might be reached. For a Muslim to be naked in a social setting or participate in nudism, it would basically mean they are shunning their religion’s instructions.

Thus based on the teachings of the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad, it is safe to say that the average Muslim may be horrified at even the thought of nudism and would never consider the possibility being nude in a public or semi-public situation.

This post about Muslim Nudists and Nude Muslims was published by – Young Naturists and Nudists America YNA


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Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.
  • pussyan

    We all should be naked

  • Yousufismail

    Is it permitted for a man to be naked when completely alone and certain that no one would see him?

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  • xsimaging

    Just came across this article. I live in a Muslim majority country and while the above article is accurate as it pertains to the Middle East, I have to disagree to relating to all Muslim dominated countries.
    In Southeast Asia the two dominate Muslim countries are Malaysia and Indonesia. The first being governed by Islamic laws and the second being secular but still having a Muslim influence with in it’s laws. Malaysia has laws based on
    Islamic teachings towards modesty as the author describes. Indonesia has laws that were passed making nudity in front of others illegal. There are no public areas due to the laws that have any nudity.
    Bali, Indonesia which is Hindu does have a couple guest hotels that advertise nudity on premise. One is advertised as gay friendly but has just as many hetro couples as gays staying there regularly. While Bali is still governed by the National laws, a bling eye it turned towards these businesses due to the islands needs for the tourism cash. Nothing is said to female topless sunbathers on Kuta Beach either. The remainder of Indonesia is another matter.
    Nudism does happen. It is in private get togethers at various homes are isolated from outside eyes. Gatherings of 12 to 20 people just socializing like anyone else would in a group gathering. These just happen to be nude. From my experiences, over half of these people, both male and female are Muslim. Muslims that enjoy the freedoms obtained through nudity. To be able to express themselves openly and freely. Yes, it is against there teachings but as they put it, their sin is the most non violent that one could commit.
    The hard thing for Muslims is to actually open their eyes to the freedoms that present themselves. They are instructed to follow and never question. In the Middle East this is more evident. In Southeast Asia there are some changes slowly taking place due to their more moderate form of Islam. Tighter clothes, shorter shorts, some cleavage, less headscarves. Headscarves with tight tee shirts and form fitting shorts even. Of course, there are always the hardliners that want to combat any individual thought. So many in Indonesia are sometimes sinners. Depends what they like. Islam also teaches that men are circumcised and this is demanded by the Muslim leaders but the same thing that tells them they must be circumcised says that both men and women need to keep their private area and underarms clear of hair and the underarms are to be plucked. From my time here I can honestly say that there are an awful lot of sinners because the hair is still there. It’s Islam as it fits them.

  • There is one small inaccuracy in the article that I noticed. Either there's a LOT of lapsed Muslims in Muslim countries, or there is GREAT interest in nudism and nudity among Muslims there.

    Our website gets a ton of hits from that neck of the woods at the right time of the day/night. And they use a lot of pretty creepy search terms, too. Just like everywhere else. No religion has ever stopped men from from wanting to look at naked women and none ever will.

    The closest thing to that you'll find is among nudists because we can keep things in perspective without being forced to. We don't need a god to keep our lust in check, just the right frame of mind.

    The jokes on them them; ours is not a photo site!

    Good article!