BEING NAKED WHILE ALONE OR WHILE BATHING IS ALLOWED IN ISLAM-ANSWERING THOSE WHO ARE AGAINST BEING ALONE OR WHILE BATHING NAKED.
There is a difference of opinion on the issue of whether a Muslim should bath or stay alone naked. Some scholars say that its haram and some others say that it is halal. In any topic of fiqh, there will always be differences of opinion among scholars but what matters most is what Islam says and not what the scholars say. By examining all the available evidences it will be very clear to the reader that bathing or being alone naked is not forbidden in Islam.
Evidence to prove that bathng or being alone naked is allowed.
There is clear evidence to prove that the previous Prophets and messengers like Ayyub (Alahi) and Musa (Alahi) bathed naked while being alone. Imam Ibn Hajar al Asqalani in his Fath said that Imam Bukhari gave the chapter title as “Chapter on one who bathes naked when he is alone, although whoever covers himself, covering is preferable.” The hadiths are as follows
Narrated by Abu Hurayrah (rali), The prophet (sal) said:
""While Job was naked, taking a bath, a swarm of gold locusts fell on him and he started collecting them in his garment. His Lord called him, 'O Job! Have I not made you rich enough to need what you see? He said, 'Yes, O Lord! But I cannot dispense with your Blessing."'
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet (sal) said, 'The (people of) Bani Israel used to take bath naked (all together) looking at each other. The Prophet (ﷺ) Moses used to take a bath alone. They said, 'By Allah! Nothing prevents Moses from taking a bath with us except that he has a scrotal hernia.' So once Moses went out to take a bath and put his clothes over a stone and then that stone ran away with his clothes. Moses followed that stone saying, "My clothes, O stone! My clothes, O stone! till the people of Bani Israel saw him and said, 'By Allah, Moses has got no defect in his body. Moses took his clothes and began to beat the stone." Abu Huraira added, "By Allah! There are still six or seven marks present on the stone from that excessive beating."
From the above two hadiths it is very clear that Ayyu and Mosa (Alahi) used to bathe naked and also while being alone.Allah(swt) never rebuked the two prophets for being alone/bathing naked.
The argument of those who are against it.
The argument presented by those who are against Muslims bathing or being alone naked is based on the below hadith.
Bahz ibn Hakeen reported: His grandfather said, “O Prophet of Allah, what should I cover of my nakedness and what may I leave uncovered?” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Guard your nakedness except from your wife or those whom your right hand possesses.” He said, “O Messenger of Allah, what about when some people are with others?” The Prophet said, “If you are able to keep anyone from seeing it, then do not let them see it.” He said, “O Prophet of Allah, what about when one of us is alone?” The Prophet said, “Allah is more deserving of your modesty than people.”
(Narrated in Tirmidhi and graded Hasan (fair) according to At-Timridhi and Narrated by Ibn Maajah, and classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi).
The above hadith is used as an argument to prove that sleeping naked or bathing naked is forbidden. The main argument putforward here is that the above hadith invalidates the other hadiths of prophets Ayyub and Musa (Alahissalam) bathing naked because this law of the permissibility of bathing or staying alone naked has been abrogated by the above mentioned hadith. This argument is a wrong for many reasons. One is, There is no evidence from the Quran or aauthentic hadith abrogating this law hence this argument lacks evidence and the second point is, the above hadith narrated in Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah mentons only about being alone and the their is no mention of bathing naked. Using this hadith to argue against bathing naked is unacceptable. Their is no evidence from the Quarn or authentic hadith of the prophet (sal) statig that the law of bathing or being alone naked as mentioned during the time of the people of Isreal is abrogated. For some law to be abrogated, there should be clear textual evidence to prove it. Mere speculations that a law has been abrogated cannot be accepted. One example is the changing of the Qibla.
"The Messenger of Allah (sal) used to pray towards Bait-ul-Maqdis, that it was revealed (to him):" Indeed We see the turning of the face to heaven, wherefore We shall assuredly cause thee to turn towards Qibla which shall please thee. So turn thy face towards the sacred Mosque (Ka'ba)" (ii. 144). A person from Banu Salama was going; (he found the people) in ruk'u (while) praying the dawn prayer and they had said one rak'ah. He said in a loud voice: Listen! the Qibla has been changed and they turned towards (the new) Qibla (Ka'ba) in that very state".
From the above hadith and several other hadiths and verses from the Quran prove clearly that the subject of changing the Qibla from Bait ul Maqdis to the Kaaba did happen and using Bait ul Maqdis as the Qibla was abrogated.
The hadiths narrated in Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah could be understood as a thing that is accepted and correct along with the hadiths mentioned in Bukhari of prophet Ayyub (Alahi) and prophet Musa (Alahi) bathing naked. Both are acceptable. This is established in the sunnah.
There is a hadith reported in both Bukhari and Muslim which is narrated by Aisha rali in which Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) ordered his companions after the battle of Al-Ahzaab saying, “No one of you should pray Asr until you reach the village of Bani-Qurayzah (A Jewish tribe) .”While they were on their way, the time of Asr came. Some companions said we should not pray until we reach Bani-Qurayzah. Others said we should pray Asr now because the Prophet (S.A.W.) did not mean for us to leave the Asr prayer, but he wanted us to be in a hurry. So some of the companions prayed Asr , while others continued on until they reached Bani-Qurayzah after sunset. When they went back to the Prophet, they mentioned to him the story, He accepted the action of all of them."