“There are two groups of people who will go to Hell: in the first group are those who carry whips or truncheons and beat people unjustly. The second group are the women who show themselves undressed to men, that is, who go near men in a thin, transparent dress. Such women go near men for evil purposes.” Abû Dâwûd reported Hadrat ’Âisha (radiy-Allâhu ’anhâ) as having said that her sister “Asmâ’ came near Rasûlullah (sall- Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam). She had a thin dress on her. The colour of her skin was visible. Rasûlullah (’alaihi ’s-salâm) did not look at his sister-in-law. He turned his blessed face away and said, ‘O Asmâ’! When a girl arrives the age of performing salât, she should not show men her parts other than her face and hands.’ ” It is understood from this hadîth that it is a grave sin for women to go immodestly dressed near men. Imâm az-Zahabî says that Allâhu ta’âlâ will punish in this world and in the next those women who show men their ornaments, e.g. gold, pearls over their outer dress, who use perfumes or are dressed in multi-coloured, silk tissue, with broad cuffs which expose their arms, and show themselves to men in this manner. Because these evils exist mostly in women, Rasûlullah (’alaihi ’s-salâm) said, “On the Night of Mi’raj, I saw Hell. I saw that the majority of the people in Hell were women.” “He who believes in Allâhu ta’âlâ and in the Last Day should enter the public bath wrapping himself with a large bath-towel. He who believes in Allâhu ta’âlâ and in the Last Day should not send his wife to public baths!” “The country of Iran will come into Muslims’ possession. There are buildings called ‘hammâm’ there. Men shall enter the hammâm covered with a large bath-towel and send their wives there only for a bath-cure or for getting clean from haid and nifâs!” “A person who believes in Allâhu ta’âlâ and in the Last Day should not stay with a nâ-mahram woman in a room!” “Towards the end of this world, it will become harâm for the men of my umma to go to hammâms; for there will be people whose private parts are exposed there. May Allâhu ta’âlâ damn him who uncovers his private parts and him who looks at another’s private parts!”  – 108 –  It goes without saying that the public baths mentioned in these hadîths were not used by both sexes at the same time. There were different public baths for each sex. The limitations imposed in these hadîth-isherîfs, therefore, involve those public baths used by only one sex at the same time.
“The person who commits adultery is like the person who worships idols.” This hadîth points out that adultery is a grave sin. “When a Muslim who insists on drinking wine dies, Allâhu ta’âlâ punishes him like a disbeliever worshipping idols.” Adultery is certainly a graver sin than drinking wine. “This umma will go on being auspicious until adultery spreads among them. When adultery spreads among them, Allâhu ta’âlâ punishes all of them.” “Allâhu ta’âlâ’s punishment becomes halâl for people of a country where adultery and ribâ have spread.” Rasûlullâh (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) asked as-Sahâbat alkirâm (radî-Allâhu ’anhum), “How do you consider adultery?” They said, “O Rasûl-Allah! Allâhu ta’âlâ and His Messenger have forbidden adultery. It will be forbidden until Rising-Day.” He said, “If a person commits adultery with his neighbor’s woman, he will be tortured more than he who has committed it with ten different nâ-mahram women.” “Paradise is harâm for the dayyûth,” Dayyûth (cuckold) is the person who knows but keeps quiet and does not get angry at his wife’s committing adultery. “The hand of the person who touches a nâ-mahram woman lustfully will be fastened to his neck on the Day of Resurrection. If he kisses her, his lips will be burned in Hell fire.” It is a grave sin to commit fornication. It is a graver sin to commit adultery. The sin graver than this is fornication or adultery committed with a mahram relative. It is a graver sin for a widow to commit adultery than it is for a girl to commit fornication. It is a graver sin for an old man to do it than it is for young people. It is a graver sin for a religiously learned man to do it than it is for an ignorant person. The reason why we have written long about the harm of women’s uncovering themselves is because we do not want our fellow countrymen to get into trouble in this world and the next, and it stems from our feelings of goodness and service for them. In fact, it does not become a Muslim to know himself honest and good and to consider uncovered women and men and society women base and bad. When a Muslim sees those who go about uncovered, drink alcohol and live society life, he should feel pity for them or, if possible, advise them in kind words or writings compatible with the Book and laws or, at least, pray for their desisting from that harmful life. When we see a sinner, we should – 109 –