How To Dress
Muhammad Speaks Newspaper
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Detroit, MI 48244
How To Dress
MESSENGER ELIJAH MUHAMMAD WARNS THE M.G.T. & G.C.C…
Against Wearing Foreign Styles and Marrying Foreigners
Reprinted from June 28, 1968 edition of Muhammad Speaks
This is a warning to the M.G.T & G.C.C. against adopting the
African dress and hair styles (this applies to the Brothers of the F.O.I.
also) and seeking to intermarry with foreign people whether they are
Muslims or not; and against accepting traditional African tribal styles
and garments with gay colors.
Such Sisters will be dismissed, from now on, from the circle of
Islam, wherein I am the shepherd.
No style of dress is to be warn but the style of real Muslim people
and the one that I am offering to you. The head piece of traditional and
tribal African people who are other than Believers of Islam is also
forbidden for you to accept.
If you are not satisfied with the styles I give you then I am
not satisfied with you being my follower.
Do not love to marry foreign people other than your people of
America (your own Black brothers and sisters who have been lost and now
found by God, Himself). If you do, I will no longer respect you as my
Remember what intermarriage did for the people of Moses in
Median and elsewhere wherever they mixed with foreign people? They took
them away from their God and they were forbidden by Allah to intermarry
with people whose faith was not their own and later, a death penalty was
effected on the for such things, because the love of such foreign
disbelievers takes away your faith and your religion that God, in the
person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom praises are due forever, has
given to you for your success.
As intermarrying with foreigners did to the people in the time
of Moses, it will do the same here in this day and time, if you marry
foreign disbelievers and traditionalists. They were not believers in
Islam and brothers and sisters who are going “drunk” in love with just
anyone whom they think is of their kind, will not stay in the circle here
I will not permit it. God has not sent me to mix any such thing
as intermarrying or associating in such a way as “sweethearting: with
foreign people. A closer knowledge of this will be given to anyone of you
who would like to come and ask me personally, but you are not to do these
God is only after you to make you an example for the world to be
guided by. You are being given the tops of the Divine Wisdom and He wants
to make you the greatest of all people of the earth.
Study Jesus’ parables of the “Prodigal Son”,” The Lost Sheep” and
“The Lost Tenth Piece of Silver” and other parables of the Old Testament
and you will find many parables there made of you and me here in America,
as being found and returned and put on top.
EDITOR’S NOTE: PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE VERSE FROM THE HOLY QU’RAN
SHOWN IN THE PICTURE IS CITED INCORRECTLY. THE PLACE WHERE THIS VERSE IS
FOUND IS 7 (SEVEN): 27. PLEASE FORGIVE OUR ERROR!
* “The robe of the righteous is white”.
* We never wear big clog shoes. We never wear out our shoes.
* We should not wear more than three colors at a time.
* We never go out of our homes without the proper head covering. We may
wear our headpiece or hat (M.G.T.). We do not have any hair
what-so-ever sticking out of our headpiece. We strive to always be with
the garment the Messenger designed for us when leaving our houses.
* We wear a camisole top and ankle length petti pants under all our
garments. (We wear a long slip under a lost-found long skirt.)
* We wear conservative clothes. We wear soft pastel shades
* We always have our clothes neatly pressed and immaculately clean.
Shoes shined and properly soled. Pocket books clean and shined.
* We are not dressed if we do not have gloves. A well-dressed M.G.T.
does not leave her home without her gloves, as she knows that gloves
complete her garment.
* Our nails should be trimmed and clean.
* We do not wear hanging earrings as this is out of place with the
refined and tailored M.G.T. look (they may be worn at home).
* Our hair should be clean, combed and well-groomed.
* Our teeth should be given daily care in the form of teeth brushing
and Bi-annual visits to the Dentist.
* We make sure the day before we wear a garment, that it is properly
mended where mending is needed.
* We must have our garments well tailored. As it is undignified to wear
a garment that does not fit properly or that is made improperly.
* We must strive to look clean, neat, well-pressed and well-tailored
each and every day. Not just for special occasions. For when we appear
in public, they (the public) do not look at us merely as individuals
but rather, they see us as representatives of The Most Honorable
Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. You will hear them say daily,
“there’s one of them Muslim sisters, you know the Muhammad followers.”
As Muslim sisters, we must give a good impression of Islam and our
leader and teacher, whenever we leave our home.
* We must remove spots and soil from our garments, check our hemlines
and necklines to make sure they are in good order.