Dressing code in Islam

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

الحمد الله


1. A Muslim (male) should not wear silk at all, regardless of whether it be on his clothing, headcovering or anything else. This is because Allah's Messenger (SAWS) stated: "Do not wear silk, for the one who wears it in this world will not wear it in the Hereafter." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

2. The person's gown, pants, head covering or cloak should not be so long as to go below the ankles. This is because Allah's Messenger (SAWS) said: "What is below the ankles of the waist-cloth is in the Hell fire." (Al-Bukhari)

- Allah's Messenger (SAWS) also said: "The one who lengthens the cloak, shirt and turban out of pride will not be looked at (with approval) on the Day of Resurrection." (An-Nasai)

- Allah's Messenger (SAWS) also said: "Allah does not look at the one who lowers his gown out of arrogance." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

3. A Muslim should give preference to white clothing over other colors of clothing, while he believes that every color is permissible. Allah's Messenger (SAWS) said, "Wear white clothing for it is purer and better. And shroud your deceased in (white)." (An-Nas'ai)

4. A Muslim woman should lower her garment until it covers her feet. She should also lower her head covering from her head such that it covers her neck and chest. Allah has said: "O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies." (33:59)

Allah also says: "(And tell the believing women to) draw their veils all over their faces, necks and bosoms and not to reveal their adornment except' to their husbands, their fathers..." (24:31)

'Aisha [Radhiallahu Anha (RA) / may Allah be pleased with her] stated, "May Allah have mercy on the women of the Muhajireen (the women who migrated from Makkah to Madinah). When Allah revealed the Verse, '(And tell the believing women to) draw their veil s all over their faces, necks and bosoms,' they tore apart their thick woolen garments and wore them as head coverings."

A Muslim male should not wear a ring of gold. Allah's Messenger said about gold and silk:"These are forbidden for the males of my Nation." (Abu Dawud)

Allah's Messenger (SAWS) also said: "Wearing silk and gold has been forbidden for the males of my Nation and permissible for its females." (At-Tirmithi)

Allah's Messenger (SAWS) saw a person wearing a gold ring and he took it off his finger and threw it aside, saying: "One of you takes a burning coal of fire and puts it on his hand."

After Allah's Messenger (SAWS) left, it was said to the man, "Take your ring and get some benefit from it." He replied, "No, by Allah, I will never take it after Allah's Messenger (SAWS) had thrown it away." (Muslim)

5. There is no harm in a Muslim male having a ring of silver or engraving his name on it to use it as a type of engraving stamp for his letters or books or as a kind of signature. Allah's Messenger (SAWS) used to have a ring of silver that had engraved on it, "Muhammad, Messenger of Allah" and he used to wear it on the little

finger of his left hand. Anas (RA) stated, "The ring of Allah's Messenger (SAWS) was on this" and he pointed to the little finger of his left hand. (Muslim)

6. A person should not completely wrap himself with a large garment such that he has no way to get his hands out from the garment. Allah's Messenger (SAWS) has prohibited such a manner of dress. Similarly, a person should not walk in one shoe alone. Allah's Messenger (SAWS) said: "You should not walk in one shoe alone. Either walk barefoot or wear both of them together." (Al-Bukhari)

7. A Muslim man is not allowed to wear the dress of a Muslim woman. Similarly, a Muslim woman is not allowed to wear the dress of a Muslim man.

Allah's Messenger (SAWS) stated: "Allah curses the effeminate men and the masculine women." (Al-Bukhari)

He (SAWS) also said: "Allah curses the man who wears women's clothing and the women who wears man's clothing. He also curses the men who imitate women and the women who imitate men." (Al-Bukhari)

8. When a person is putting on his shoes, he should begin with the right. And when he is taking them off, he should take off the left first. This is based on the Prophet's statement: "If one of you is putting on his shoes, let him begin with the right. And when he takes them off, he should begin with the left." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

So the right is the first on to be put on and the last to be taken off.

9. When a person puts on any clothing, he should begin from the right. ' Aisha (RA) stated: "Allah's Messenger (SAWS) loved to begin with the right in all his matters, in putting on his shoes, in combing his hair and in purifying himself." (Muslim)

Upon wearing a new gown or any new clothing, the person should say: "O Allah, to You is the Praise. You are the One Who clothed me by it. I ask You for its good and the good of what it was made for. And I seek refuge in You from its evil and the evil of what it was made for." (Abu Dawud)

10. A Muslim should pray for his brother Muslim when he sees him wearing new clothes by saying," May you wear it until it disintegrates and falls apart (that is, for a long, blessed time)." (Al-Bukhari)

Allah's Messenger (SAWS) made that supplication when he saw Umm Khalid (RA) wearing new clothing. (Al-Bukhari)