Ruling on what clothes are permissible

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Ruling on what clothes are permissible

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There is no particular Islamic uniform prescribed for either man or woman;  any clothing which is suitable and does not fall in any of the categories listed below will be deemed absolutely legal and appropriate for the believers. 


Men should not imitate women in their clothing;  nor should women imitate men in their clothing.  


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.773         Narrated by Ibn Abbas

The Messenger of Allah invoked the curse of Allah on those men who are in the similitude (assume the manners,  clothes, etc. ) of women,  and those women who are in the similitude (assume the manners, clothes, etc.) of men.


Clothes worn should not announce arrogance.  

For example,  if one wears a designer label garment with the intention to show off,  or feel proud and arrogant while wearing it;  then that would be forbidden.   But if one wears a designer label garment because he likes its styling or color or cut or comfort,  there is absolutely no harm in doing so.  Thus, the real issue is not whether the garment is designer label or not;  the real issue is one of arrogance or being proud;  for Allah does not love those who are proud and arrogant.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.683         Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar

Allah’s Messenger (saws) said, "Whoever drags his clothes (on the ground) out of pride and arrogance, Allah will not look at him on the Day of Resurrection."


The ‘satr’ of the person (man or woman) must be covered.

The literal meaning of the Arabic word ‘satr’ is something that is hidden, or something which should be hidden.


When used in the Islamic context,  ‘satr’ means the parts of the human body which are obligatory on the believers to be hidden from everyone else, except his/her partner in marriage.


For the believing males, the ‘satr’ are the parts of the body between the navel and the knees inclusive.   These parts of the body of the male cannot be disclosed even to other males.


For the believing woman her ‘satr’ before non-mehram males is her complete body,  except what is displayed of itself.   There are two opinions amongst the scholars regarding of what is included in the term ‘what is displayed of itself’:  one opinion is that the face,  eyes,  and hands may be left uncovered,  and the other opinion is that the face should be covered,  and only the hands may be left open.  


For the believing woman,  her ‘satr’ before her mehram male relatives and the other woman is from the beginning of her breasts to her knees (inclusive).


There is no ‘satr’ between a husband and a wife in Islam.


The clothes worn must not be tight so as to display ones figure and curves,  and should not be transparent.

Al-Muwatta Hadith 48.7

Yahya related to me from Malik from Muslim ibn Abi Maryam from Abu Salih that Abu Hurayra said, "Women who are naked even though they are wearing clothes, go astray and make others go astray, and they will not enter the Garden and they will not find its scent, and its scent is experienced from as far as the distance travelled in five hundred years."


The clothes worn must not be an imitation of the pagans or disbelievers.

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4020  Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar

The Prophet (saws) said: “He who copies any people is one of them.”


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