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"...They are your Garments, and you are their Garments..."

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    "...They are your Garments, and you are their Garments..."

    Surah Baqarah (The Cow)
    Chapter 2: Verses 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 (now known as Yusuf Abdullah), to Islam:

    "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! Delivered at a time to a race who used to bury their daughters alive, how could the author of the Quran (Allah) have possibly been a man? How could Islam be oppressive to women? I was beginning to doubt these typical Western opinions regarding Islam. The Quran was far too other-worldly, and very profound!"
    (Quoted in "Why We Embraced Islam", compiled by Dr. Arafat El-Ashi, pp. 93-4)

    [compiled from "Family & Social Obligations in Islam"
    by Dr. Mazhar U. Kazi, pp. 52-53]

    "Wherever ye are, death will
    find you out, even if ye are in towers built
    up strong and high!" If some good befalls
    them, they say, "This is from God"; but if
    evil, they say, "This is from thee" (O
    Prophet). Say: "All things are from God."
    But what hath come to these people, that they
    fail to understand a single fact?
    22.1 . O mankind! Fear your Lord . Lo! the earthquake of the Hour ( of Doom ) is a tremendous thing .