Fast fashion, the trend of quickly producing low-cost garments to meet the latest fashion trends, has become a global issue with far-reaching consequences. One often-overlooked aspect of this issue is its impact on Muslimah garment workers and the ethical concerns it raises for the Muslim community.
The Muslim community is one of the largest consumers of clothing. In 2017, the value of the modest clothing sector was marked approximately at $59.7 Billion in the US. That number expected to increase by 5.0%. The industry employs millions of people globally, many of whom are not only Muslim but also lower-income women.
Muslim garment laborers are often among the most vulnerable and marginalized workers in the fast fashion industry, facing low wages, long working hours, and hazardous working conditions. In many countries, these workers are also subject to discrimination and abuse, including physical and verbal abuse, sexual harassment, and lack of access to basic human rights such as healthcare and education.
In addition to the exploitation of Muslim workers, the fast fashion industry also has a significant impact on the environment. The production of cheap, trendy garments contributes to pollution, deforestation, and the depletion of natural resources, all of which are contrary to Islamic values of environmental protection and sustainability.
Muslims are called upon to uphold ethical values, including fairness, justice, and compassion. The fast fashion industry, with its exploitation of workers and harm to the environment, directly violates these principles. As Muslim consumers, we have a responsibility to consider the impact of our choices and to seek out alternative, ethical fashion options.
Ultimately, fast fashion is a Muslim issue that must be addressed. We must stand in solidarity with Muslim garment workers and call for fair working conditions, living wages, and an end to exploitation and abuse. By choosing ethical fashion options and promoting sustainable practices, we can help create a more just and equitable world for all.