🧮👕👖Efficient problem-solving by changing the paradigm: Islamic dress code conundrum

Often we try to solve our problems by trying different solutions, but we stay in the paradigm. This might turn out to be ineffective.

It’s possible that you might find a straightforward and efficient system by escaping the paradigm and getting into a new one.

My example involving Islamic dress code

Like other people, I usually used to wear jeans, tshirt, shirt, etc. Later, I came across a lecture by Dr. Bilal Philips in which he mentioned that the typical ‘Western pants’ are kinda tight according to Islamic standards and they expose the shape of our bodies, our ‘Satr’, i.e., the parts that Islam commands us to cover (navel to knees, for men, which is reasonable). He explained that just covering up is not enough, we need to cover the shape too.

Also, the Prophet Muhammad commanded men to wear their lower garments till above the ankles.

Bear with me. Here’s how this example fits into the above concept. As long as I was trying to fit Islamic dress code into my ‘Western pants’, it was arduous and inefficient. When I started wearing kurta pajama* and ‘top’ (Not the English word ‘top’), all these problems vanished. Wearing pajama above ankles doesn’t look odd. And these clothes are naturally loose.

I changed my paradigm and overnight the problems vanished.

(Should I put my pic here, me wearing a top?)

*Note: I neither believe nor profess that clothes like Kurta pajama and ‘top’ are like the official dress code of Islam. It just doesn’t seem possible for Islam, a universal religion, to impose a specific dress. But, I do believe that certain reasonable rules exist.