If you have ever been on the Arabian Peninsula you will know that the men wear white and their women black. I say “their women” because the women are in fact treated as property — without equal rights. So why do the Arab men wear white and their women black? The answer begins as follows:
Ibn ‘Abbaas said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Wear white clothes, for they are the best of your clothes, and shroud your dead in them.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 994, hasan saheeh. This is what the scholars regarded as mustahabb. Also narrated by Abu Dawood, 4061; Ibn Maajah, 1472
NOTE: The word “mustahabb” means “recommended” and “rewarded”.
So, if white is “recommended” and Muslims are “rewarded” for wearing white, why do all the women in Saudi Arabia wear black? Are they not to be rewarded? In fact Arab women love color, but are afraid to wear color or white. So why do the women do the extreme opposite? Why black? Black is not even a color, but the absense of color. The answer gets clearer:
“It is haraam for women to imitate men and men to imitate women in the way they dress, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) cursed the men who imitate women and the women who imitate men.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5546.
NOTE: The word “haraam” means “sinful”. The narration above starts with “It is haraam (sinful) for women to imitate men…” and then with “and men to imitate women.” This hadith above first instructs the women to not imitate men. So, because the men are wearing white and some color, the women cannot.
And why do the Arab men not dress as we do? The answer is apparently again from the narrations of Islamic “scholars”—claiming to quote Mohammad:
Narrated by Muslim, 2077. It is haraam (sinful) to imitate the mushrikeen and kuffaar in their manner of dress, so it is not permissible to wear clothing that is unique to the kuffaar. It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) saw ‘Ali wearing two garments dyed with safflower and said: “These are garments of the kuffaar; do not wear them.”
NOTE: “Mushrikeen and kuffaars” are “unbelievers” and obviously Muslims are told it is “haraam” (“sinful”) to imitate (to copy) “unbelievers,” not only in their manner of dress, but in any manner, whatsoever. This is why the Arab men do not wear shoes, but sandals. It is also why the “religious police” in Saudi Arabia prohibit the sale of dogs and cats for pets, why the Taliban forbids the use of cameras and playing football, and why the Somali women are beaten if they are caught wearing a bra. In other words anyone that copies an unbeliever in any manner (in any way) is an apostate, because he or she is then an “unbeliever”.
Narrated Abdullah ibn Umar, Book 27, number 4020. “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “He who copies any people is one of them.”
Qur’an 4:80: “Whoso obeyeth the Messenger obeyeth Allah.”
And it is very dangerous in Islamic countries, especially for the women, because according to Sharia law all apostates are to be sentenced to death. If you are disliked you will be accused and once you are accused your innocense or guilt depends entirely on who you know (influence), not justice. Sharia law is said to not be encoded and so it is often applied at whim. Which is what happened to seventeen-year-old Rizana Nafeek from Sri Lanka when the sister of a tribal leader in Saudi Arabia accused her of murdering her four-month-old baby. Rizana was immediately arrested and imprisoned without legal assistance, and seven years later beheaded. She was not proven guilty of a crime.
And in fact Saudi men copy “unbelievers” everyday when they drive a car. All cars originate from, are designed, produced, and driven by “unbelievers”. But it is the Saud family (the ruling family) that sets the tone (influence) and the men thus drive cars in Saudi Arabia without fear of being held accountable by the “religious police” which are also men driving cars. Apparently, Saudi men are the only Muslims in Saudi Arabia allowed to commit “haraam,” i.e., to sin.
It is very clear from the Islamic laws (Sharia law) above that men and women are not to dress alike and that they are not to drive a car. And this is why the women are told by the men that they cannot wear white or color.
Black is what the “religious police” expect women to wear, (although light colors are more suitable for the climate), and the women are afraid to wear color because they are afraid to draw the unwanted attention of the “religious police” known as “muttawah”. Black is also expected because of the following:
Abu Dawood Book 32, Hadith # 4090. Narrated Umm Salamah, Ummul Mu’minin (Radhiallaahu anha): “When the verse ‘That they should cast their outer garments over their persons’ was revealed, the women of Ansar came out as if they had crows over their heads…”
Another reason why the ruling family (the Sauds) and the “religious police” insist on women wearing black and men white is to discourage diversity and individualism. Saudi “authorities” think individualism is a threat, therefore, the emphasis is on conformity, especially for women. If a person starts projecting individuality it seen (interpreted) as a loss of control.
One Saudi woman has written:
“It’s not really about modesty. They just want us to stay in our cubbies and belong to them. It’s about power and control.”
The final answer is as follows:
The “recommended” and “rewarded” white only became the tradition for Saudi men and black is intended to make women as much a non-entity as possible.
In other words, Saudi women (their women) are only used to procreate, and it is for this reason that their women are not allowed to leave the country without permission from a man. The “religious police” even send a text message (SMS) to a husband if one of his wives (he is allowed four wives at any one time) is at the airport. Obviously, their women have been attempting to escape from their misery, i.e., attempting to escape from the world’s largest women’s prison.