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“On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will not even look at those who drag their garments on the ground out of pride.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhaare: 3465)

Allah permits people to wear nice clothes and put on a good appearance, as doing so is one aspect of remembering Allah’s blessings upon them. And to serve the following purposes: It covers the parts of the body which must be covered in public (Soorat Al-A‛raaf, 7:26)It protects the body against heat, cold and harm in general. Heat and cold are weather phenomena which can harm people (Soorat An-Nahl, 16:81)

Clothing provides mankind with countless benefits, but it can also be a fitinah if care is not taken. Islam does not require Muslims to wear a certain type of clothing. It considers all types of clothing lawful as long as such clothing serves the required purposes without exceeding the bounds.

Indeed, Islam is a religion that lays down rules based on the dictates of the pure nature innate in all humans (fitrah), straightforward reasoning, and sound logic.  The Prophet wore the same type of clothes prevalent in his time; he only warned against certain qualities relating to clothing that Islam has declared forbidden, such as:

Clothing that reveals the private parts: skin-tight and see-through clothes  Islam requires for women that their clothing be loose enough to cover the body properly (except for their face and hands). For men, the minimum amount to be covered is between the navel and the knee. The Prophet warned those people who do not observe modesty in dress, calling them “types among the people of Hellfire”, one of them being “women who are clothed yet naked”.

Clothing that involves dressing like or imitating the opposite sex is considered one of the major sins. Allah’s Messenger cursed men who wear women’s clothes and women who wear men’s clothes. (Sunan Abu Daawood: 4098)  Also, that involves imitation of the dress traditionally worn by non-Muslims, such as the type of clothing worn by monks and priests and wearing a cross.  “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” (Sunan Abu Daawood: 4031)

Clothing that is worn with pride and conceit: The Prophet ﷺ said, “No one who has an atom’s weight of pride in his heart will enter Paradise.” (Saheeh Muslim: 91. It is for this reason that Islam warns against trailing one’s lower garments on the ground out of pride and ‘notorious clothing’ that makes its wearer an object of pride and fame, attracting too much attention, (libaas ash-shuhrah flamboyant, flashy clothing). The Prophet said, “Whoever wears clothes of shuhrah in this world, Allah will make him wear clothes of humiliation on the Day of Judgement.” (Sunan Ibn Maajah: 3607).

Silk clothing (pure silk obtained from the cocoon of the silkworm) or clothing adorned with gold or silk for men: Referring to gold and silk, the Prophet ﷺ said, “These are forbidden for men among my followers but permissible for women.” (Sunan Abu Daawood: 4057).

Extravagant clothing is forbidden, but this varies from one person to another depending on one’s income and financial obligations. The Prophet once said, “Eat, give charity and wear clothes. Let no extravagance or pride be mixed with what you do.” (Sunan An-Nasaa’ee: 2559).  A piece of clothing may be considered a form of extravagance for a person, it may not be considered as such for another person.

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