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Giving evening dresses as charity


I have some tight clothes and evening dresses which I want to get rid of, since I have become a practicing Muslim and all praise is due to Allaah Almighty. May I donate them in charity? I fear that I will be sinful if another girl wore these clothes to show her adornment in front of foreign men.


All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and messenger.

May Allaah Almighty Grant all of us steadfastness on His path. Please note that it is not a condition of true repentance to get rid of the clothes which a woman used to adorn herself with in front of foreign men. Rather, she must refrain from showing her adornment in front of foreign men, be resolute not to return to this action and regret her past sins. However, it would be good if you gave them in charity, on the grounds that you know or have a certain degree of certainty that the woman to whom you will give the clothes will probably not use them unlawfully, because otherwise it would be a form of cooperation in an impermissible matter. Allaah Almighty Says (what means): {And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression} [Qur`an 5: 2]. You will easily find many righteous women who are in need of such clothes if you ask around.

Allaah Knows best.

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