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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Ruling on wearing trousers and a suit and tie

What is the ruling on wearing trousers if they are tight and stick to one’s body, or if they are baggy in order to imitate the westerners, what if a person wears a different style from what the westerners wear?
What is the ruling on wearing suit and tie and other clothes usually used by the unbelievers? Is it acceptable because it became of Muslims’ habits and that an average Muslim will not think that they are worn to resemble the unbelievers? What should a Muslim wear nowadays?.

Praise be to Allaah.

The basic principle with regard to clothes is that they are permissible, except those which Islam has definitely excluded, such as gold and silk for men, except in the case of scabies and the like. Wearing trousers is not something that is unique to the kuffaar, but wearing tight trousers which show the shape of the body, even the ‘awrah, is not permissible. Loose pants are permissible, unless the wearer intends to resemble those of the kuffaar who wear them. The same applies to wearing a suit and tie. These are not garments that are unique to the kuffaar, so they are permissible, unless the wearer intends to imitate them.

To sum up, the basic principle with regard to clothes is that they are permissible, unless there is shar’i evidence to show that they are not allowed, as stated above.

And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions. End quote.

Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaaq al-‘Afeefi, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Qa’ood.

Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah li’l-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wa’l-Ifta (24/40).

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Anonymous said...

The question is that tie is a symbol of cross and the suit is not made in a way considered decent for men of Islam. Infact many scholars avoid even ironed clothes as part of sunnah and they tend to stick to dresses like shalwar kamiz as the suit from top to toe represent the attire of Christians and Jews (explaining their beliefs in the making and style of a suit ie a paint, shirt , tie and a trouser) and our Prophet (peace be upon him) has asked us not to resemble the non Muslims in our appearence. May be we should invent a fashion to fit our beliefs that appeals to our modern secular minded bosses but we should see that it may not work with them. In order to stand up to secular minded people in complete Muslim attire we should improve our work output and its quality so they look at it and not how we appear before them. Similarly we should avoid going go places where we think people will not welcome us in a pure Muslim outfit. We should stay in groups that practice Islam in its totality for our livelihood and social needs.I hope and believe God forgives those who are drawn by compulsion not to practice certain parts of Sunnah till they are capable of practising them. We must do our best to practice all the Sunnah in totality and then we should always seek forgiveness of the Almighty for things we could have done better but are too helpless before the tide and time of the present day. May be God will forgive us if we plead our case to Him successfully in our prayers.

Imad-ud-din Saqib said...

Thanks for the comment.

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