Muslim Nudists and does Islam 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.

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Muslim man holding prayer beads — Image by © Corbis

When a Muslim is at home, clothing requirements are more relaxed, provided only immediate family is present. Immediate family is defined more specifically as men a Muslim woman can not 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 grasp the concept of sex.

In such a situation, a Muslim woman may remove her head covering, 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.

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Muslim Woman with Veiled Hair and Face — Image by © Corbis

There are very few situations during which a Muslim is permitted to be nude or semi-nude. One such situation is when a Muslim is with his or her 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 can not be avoided, nudity it 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 can not 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, would basically mean they are shunning their religion’s instructions.

In conclusion, based on the teachings of the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad, it is safe to say that a Muslim would be horrified at even the thought of nudism and therefore would never consider the possibility being nude in 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.