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PostSubject: Wearing pants, or Garments that Hangs Below the Ankles   Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:13 pm



In the name of Allah, the Most-Merciful, the All-Compassionate

"May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be Upon You"


Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam 'ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu



This is one of the greatest sins.

Abu Dtharr reported that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) said, There are three people whom Allah shall not speak to on the Day of Resurrection, nor shall he look at them, nor shall he purify them, and they shall have a painful torment: One whose garment hangs down below his ankles, almanaan (Almanaan is a person who gives out gifts only to reproach the recipient for what he has given him)
and (a merchant) who sells of his merchandise by means of false oath (Sahih Muslim. The above hadeeth refers to a merchant who swears falsely that he is not making a profit in his merchandise or that it cost him too much in order to convince the customer to buy it.)

Some people think that wearing clothes that hang below the ankles is not a sin if they abstain from doing so while praying only. Others think that wearing such a garment is a sin only if it is worn out of pride;
otherwise, they believe there is no harm in doing so. However, the above and many other traditions indicate clearly that wearing clothes that hang below the ankles (for men) is a grave sin regardless of whether such garments are worn out of habit or pride. There are other authentic traditions that emphasize wearing clothing that hangs below the ankles out of pride entails harsher punishment.


Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) said The part of the garment which hangs below the ankles is (punishable by) Fire (on the Day of Resurrection)(Sahih al-Bukhari)

It is commonplace to see brothers folding up the hems of their pants for prayer. However, as soon as prayer is completed, they unfold their pants. The belief that wearing garments that hang below the ankles is
prohibited during prayers only is a misconception commonly held by many Muslims. Such Muslims are unaware that the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) forbade praying with folded clothes (Sahih Muslim)


Based on this prohibition, scholars have agreed that praying with folded sleeves or pants is unlawful.

(source-http://www.allaahua kbar.net/ salaah/errors_ in_prayers. htm#RTFToC2)


His parents are insisting that he makes his clothes long (isbaal)

Answer:

Praise be to Allaah.

Firstly:

Isbaal means letting the clothes hang down below the ankles, which is haraam, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whatever of the izaar (lower garment) hangs down below the ankles is in the Fire.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5787)

If someone were to say, “I do not let my garment (or pants) hang down below the ankle out of pride, but because of habit or custom,”

Our response is:
That isbaal (letting the clothes hang down below the ankle) in and of itself is subject to the punishment of Fire. If pride and showing off are
added to that isbaal, then the punishment is worse and more severe.


The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Isbaal may apply to the lower garment, shirt or turban. Whoever lets any part of them hang down in order to show off, Allaah will not look at him on
the Day of Resurrection.”
(Narrated by Abu Dawood, 4085, and al-Nasaa’i, 5334, with a saheeh isnaad).


Secondly:
If you know the ruling on isbaal and that it is haraam, then you and every Muslim must keep away from haraam things, especially major sins. It is not permissible to do something haraam in order to please people, not even one of your parents, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no obedience in disobeying Allaah; obedience is only with regard to what is right and proper.” (Narrated by al-Nasaa’i and Abu Dawood, and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Nasaa’i, no. 3921; al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 181).


Remember what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever seeks to please Allaah by angering people, Allaah will suffice to protect him from people, but whoever seeks to please people by angering Allaah, Allaah will abandon him to the people.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi in Kitaab al-Zuhd, no. 2338).

With regard to your fear that you may lose your job, know that provision is in the hand of Allaah and no soul will die until it has received all
its allotted provision.


Remember the words of Allaah (interpretation of the meaning):
And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).

And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him. Verily,
Allaah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allaah has set a measure for all things
[al-Talaaq 65:2-3]

This fear does not allow you to commit a sin.

If someone were to ask, if I am forced to do something that is haraam, am I allowed to do it?

The answer is:

You have to make sure that one really is being forced. If the matter reaches the level of compulsion, and a person is compelled to do
something, then it is permitted for him to do whatever he is forced to do out of necessity.


For example, if a father tells his son that if he makes his clothes come above the ankle, he will kick him out of the house, and the son cannot find anywhere else to live, and he is certain or thinks it most likely
that his father will carry out his threat, then he is permitted to make his clothes longer until Allaah gives him a way out.


Thirdly:
With regard to your saying, “I do stick to this sunnah”, you should note that making the clothes above the ankle is obligatory, it is not only
Sunnah. The Sunnah is to make the izaar (lower garment) come to mid-calf, and this Sunnah is optional. If a person wishes, he may do it, and if he wishes, he may not do it. Sunnah, according to the definition of the scholars, is “That for which the one who does it will be rewarded and the one who does not do it will not be punished.”


Note that what is to be worn at mid-calf length is the izaar (lower garment). The thobe (galabiyah) is not to be worn in this manner; rather the Sunnah in the case of the thobe is to wear it below mid-calf and above the ankles.

The same applies to pants, which should be worn above the ankle because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The ankles have no right to the izaar.” (Narrated by al-Nasaa’i in Kitaab al-Zeenah, no. 3529; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Nasaa’i, no. 4922)

And Allaah knows best.
(source-http://www.islam- qa.com/index. php?ref=10534&ln=eng)
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PostSubject: Re: Wearing pants, or Garments that Hangs Below the Ankles   Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:16 pm

Does the prohibition on isbaal include women too?


Answer:
Praise be to Allaah.

The warning with regard to isbaal (wearing clothes that come below the ankle) in the case of men does not apply to women, because women and commanded to cover their feet, and it is permitted to them to lengthen their garments by a cubit.

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever allows his garment to drag out of pride, Allaah will not look at him on the Day of Resurrection.”

Umm Salamah said: “What should women do with their hems?

He said: “Lower it a handspan.”

she said: “Then their feet will show.”

He said: “Let them lower it a cubit, but no more than that.”
Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1731; al-Nasaa’i, 5336; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

“And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment” [al-Noor 24:31]

Ibn Hazm said:
This text applies to the feet and calves, which are hidden; it is not permissible to show them. Al-Muhalla, 3/216

Al-Qaadi ‘Iyaad said:
The scholars are unanimously agreed that this is forbidden to men, not to women. Tarh al-Tathreeb, 8/173

Al-Nawawi said:
The scholars are unanimously agreed that it is permissible for women to let their garments hang below their ankles (isbaal). Clear permission has been narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) for them to lower their hems by a cubit. Sharh Muslim, 14/62.

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz said:
The point is that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) explained all that is good and called us to all that is good, and he
warned us against all that is evil. He (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whatever of the lower garment hangs down below the ankles is in the Fire.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari in his Saheeh.


The izar (lower garment), trousers, thobe (dishdasha) and abaya (cloak) should not come down below the ankles; whatever comes below the ankles is subject to the warning mentioned in the hadeeth, with regard to men. With regard to women, they have to make their clothes long enough to cover their feet, because the feet are ‘awrah. It is not permissible for a man to imitate women by dragging his garment or in any other way. Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 5/28.

And he said:

There are many similar ahaadeeth, which indicate that isbaal is forbidden in general terms, even if the one who does it claims that he is not doing it for the sake of pride and showing off, because that is a means that
leads to pride, and because it is a kind of extravagance and exposing
clothing to dirt and impurities. But if a person does that with the intention of pride then the matter is more serious and the sin is greater, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever allows his garment to drag out of pride, Allaah will not look at him on the Day of Resurrection.”


The defining point here is the ankles. The Muslim male is not allowed to let his garments come down below the ankles, because of the ahaadeeth mentioned.

But in the case of females, they may make their clothes longer so as to cover the feet.

Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz, 5/380

And Allaah knows best.

(source-http: http://www.islam-qa.com/index.php?ref=48953&ln=eng)

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