The ruling on Isbal without the intention of pride and wearing silk for men

Q 1: What is the ruling on Isbal (lengthening and trailing clothing below the ankles) without the intention of pride? Is it permissible for men to wear silk clothes in certain situations?

A: It is impermissible for men to lengthen and trail their clothes below the ankles, even if it is not out of pride, as the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) forbade this and said in a Sahih (authentic) Hadith, Three persons whom Allah shall neither speak to on the Day of Resurrection, nor look at, nor purify, and they shall have a painful torment: he who lengthens and trails his Izar (garment worn below the waist) below the ankles, he who reminds (the people) of what he gives, and he who sells his merchandise by false swearing. Related by Muslim. The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said, On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will not look at a person who drags his garment (behind him) out of pride.

Those two Hadiths indicate that it is impermissible for men to perform Isbal. It is even more sinful if done out of pride. Isbal should be only for women, as their feet are `Awrah (private parts of the body that must be covered in public).

Men should be aware of Isbal in general, and they should wear clothes that do not exceed their ankles, according to the previously mentioned proofs and the saying of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), The part of an Izar that hangs below the ankles is in Hellfire. Related by Al-Bukhari in his Sahih Book of Hadith. All this is about men. As for women, there is nothing wrong in Isbal as previously mentioned.

It is also impermissible for men to wear silk clothes; it is only permissible for women, according to the saying of the Prophet (peace be upon him), Gold and silk are permitted for the women of my Ummah (nation) and prohibited for men. However, if silk is worn as a treatment, such as in cases of itching or so, there is no harm in wearing it by men. The Prophet (peace be upon him) gave permission for Al-Zubayr and Talhah to wear silk clothes, as they had itching.

This was out of treatment. It is also permissible for men to wear clothes embroidered with silk of about two, three or four fingers length, as this was authentically established in the Sunnah.

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