The vital issue regarding Muslim womenئs modesty and dress has been, and continues to be û especially in our modern times û on of keen interest and utmost importance for the social health and welfare of the Islamic community. Unfortunately, Muslims have become extremely lax in their duty of observing propriety in matters of modesty and dress, as well as in their views with respect to the roles and relationships of the opposite sexes. In fact observance of decorum is virtually non-existent among present day Muslims, especially in westernized Islamic countries and the Muslim communities in the West. The scope of this present paper is confined to an exposition of the Islamic ruling regarding womenئs dress according to the Qur'an, Sunnah, and the dependable views of the Pious Predecessors of this Islamic nation of Believers.
Abu Bilal Mustafa al-Kanadi, was born in Italy in 1950. At the age of 4 his family migrated to British Columbia.
In 1972 he graduated from the University of British Columbia (Faculty of Arts) with a major in English Literature. He went on to study at the Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Education, concentrating on the field of Special Education, he graduated with honours in 1974. It was during his last semester here that he embraced Islam.
Having entered the fold of Islam he quickly developed a yearning to seek Islamic knowledge, and this quest lead him to Umm-ul-Quraa University in Makkah, where he completed the Arabic language program and went on to graduate from the College of Sharee'ah (Islamic Law) with honours, after which he obtained a Masters degree in Qur'anic Sciences.
Abu Bilal has authored a number of works on various subjects and was actively involved in Islamic activities. In 1989 he passed away, and with his death, English speaking Muslims lost an important writer and thinker - may Allah have mercy on him.
[From the back cover of Mysteries of the Soul Expounded:]