New Muslim would like to donate non-Hijabi clothes
Fatwa No: 251530


I have clothes that I no longer use. These clothes are less conservative because I wore them when I was not yet a Muslim i.e. they do not conform with the Islamic teachings of covering up. Do I donate these clothes or do I dispose them?


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.

First of all, we would like to congratulate you on the blessing of embracing Islam. We advise you to be keen on doing whatever would help you remain strong on the straight path, such as seeking beneficial knowledge, attending Islamic lessons, observing acts of obedience, and keeping the company of righteous and pious believers.

You are not obliged to dispose of these clothes; a Muslim woman is enjoined to wear Hijab when she goes out of her home. However, she can take off her Hijab and wear whatever of her normal clothes  she wishes inside her home as long as there are no non-Mahram men there.

If you wish to give your clothes in charity, then you should give them to a righteous woman, not to a woman whom you think would likely wear them outdoors, so that you would not be helping someone commit an act of disobedience. Allaah, The Exalted, says (what means): {…And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression. And fear Allaah ; indeed, Allaah is severe in penalty.} [Quran 5:2]

Allaah Knows best.

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