Is Dressing Immodestly a Small Sin or a Major Sin?


It is an obligation for adult Muslim men and adult Muslim women to cover their “nakedness” (awra) in front of strangers of the opposite sex. This is defined by our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as being from navel to knee for men; and everything except face, hands, and feet for women. Uncovering anything of one’s nakendness is a sin.
Likewise, Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) have called us to uphold modesty (haya’) in dress and conduct, and to avoid any dress or conduct that goes against the beautiful, wise, and balanced standards and virtues related to modesty.
This modesty is upheld for the sake of Allah, seeking His Pleasure thereby, intending to follow the example of the Messenger of Beauty and Modesty (peace and blessings be upon him), and to promote and preserve good in one’s life, relations, and in society. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Allah is more deserving of one’s modesty than people are.” [Bukhari and others]