“Because I want my kids to adopt the Islamic dress code.” This is my answer to the question that the common folk put forth to me every so often asking why my kids dress the way I dress them. You would be surprised at the amount of time I was asked and every time I would reply with the same answer. Some people would leave it at that, smile and nod in encouragement. Others would roll their eyes and shake their heads in disapproval and the third category would look at me genuinely confused.

“How is this the Islamic dress code?” They would ask. I would then lodge into a full conversation discussing the ‘how’ and ‘how come’. It was then I realised that Muslims hadn’t been enlightened about this topic properly. That’s when I decided to do what I always do; write about it!

What is the Islamic dress code?

Let’s make one thing clear. There are three types of dress codes.

  1. Sunnah
  2. Permissible
  3. Impermissible

Sunnah:

The literal meaning of Sunnah is ‘Habitual Practise’. Sunnah Clothing refers to all those clothes which were commonly worn by the Prophet (SAWS). Lets take a look at all the clothes of the Prophet (SAWS) mentioned in the Hadith:

  • Kurta:

Kurta is described in the Hadith as the Prophet’s (SAWS) most preferred dress. Mainly because it covers the Satr(parts to be covered) better than any other clothing, is light and displays modesty.

Umm e Salmah (RA) narrates that the Prophet (SAWS) preferred kurta over all other clothes. (Tirmidhi)

Characteristics of The Sunnah Kurta

The length of the Prophet(SAWS)’s kurta was below his knees and above his ankles. The sleeve of the kurta used to reach till his fingers or his wrists. Such is the narration of Ibn e Abbas and other companions.

It should be noted that any other upper garment which does not fall below the knees and above the ankles will not be classified as the Sunnah Kurta.

Topi (Headgear):

The headgear of the Prophet(SAWS) consisted of the following

  1. topi
  2. turban (Amamah)

Ibn-e-Umar narrates that the topi of the Prophet(SAWS) was white. (Tabrani)

Ibn-e-Abbas (RA) narrates that the Prophet(SAWS) had three topis in his posession (Bathlul Majhood)

Ibn-al-Arabi (RA) writes,

“The clothing is amongst the clothing of the Ambiyaa and Pious Ones.It protects the head and keeps the turban in place, which is Sunnat. The Topi should sit on the head and should not be standing like a dome. Should anyone feel the necessity of making holes in the Topi in order to keep the head cool and to let out steam, then this would be regarded as a means of treatment (i.e. this should not be done without necessity. [Faizul Qadeer vol. 5 pg. 247]

The Prophet (SAWS) also said,

“Wear the turban as it is a sign of Islam and distinguishes between a Muslim and non-Muslim”. [Ayni]

Lower Garment:

The Lower Garment of the Prophet(SAWS) consisted of the following clothing;

  1. Lungi (Cloth draped and tied around the lower part)
  2. Pajama

The Prophet (SAWS) approved and appreciated pajama. According to a narration, he purchased and even wore one. However, he wore the lungi more often.

(Fatāwa Mahmūdiyyah, Vol.19, Pg. 275)

Additionally, both the lower garments were ordered to be strictly above the ankles.

The Prophet(SAWS) said,

“Whichever part of the Pajama falls below the ankles will go in the fire.”

The above mentioned hadith signify the Sunnah Clothing which were turban, topi, kurta, lungi and pajama. Wearing any of these clothes while following the conditions of length and coverage would be classified as wearing the Sunnah Clothing.

Islam is all about following the way of the Prophet(SAWS). Islamic teachings consist of the Quran and Hadith. That’s why Islamic dress code would be the defined as the dress of the Prophet (SAWS). Allah (SWT) says in the Quran,

“Say, if you love Allah then follow me (The ProphetSAWS), Allah will Love you.”

Such is the importance of following the Sunnah that Allah (SWT) has conditioned His Love with following the way of the Prophet(SAWS). Following the Prophet(SAWS) is not only confined to Ibadah, it is implemented in every segment of life including eating, drinking and dressing.

For more details read the book down below.

Turban Kurta Topee By Shaykh Fazlur Rahman Azmi

Permissible Clothing:

Any other clothing which is other than the Sunnah Clothing are permissible to wear. However, they will not fall under the category of Islamic dress code. It is important to note that such clothes should not contradict the requirements of Shariah or imitate the dress code of any other religion.

Pants, shirts, and all their types which do not contradict Shariah will be regarded as permissible to wear.

Impermissible Clothing:

Impermissible clothes are those which are against the teachings of Our Prophet(SAWS). Muslims should refrain from all such attires. Examples of such clothes are:

  • Any dress which reveals the (Satr) of the individual. The Satr for men is from their navel to their knees. Dresses such as small shorts do not hide the Satr and are impermissible to wear.
  • Clothes containing elements, pictures or logos which contradict the Shariah. This includes all such clothes which have faces of living beings or vulgar and un-Islamic phrases.
  • All such clothes which imitate the dress code of another religion.
  • The clothes which imitate or promote a non-religious or vulgar sect.

Benefits of Adopting the Islamic Dress Code.

While it is completely permissible to wear anything other than the Islamic dress code which does not go against any Islamic ruling, it is best to adopt the Islamic dress code. Here is why,

1.You opt for the best.

Wouldn’t you choose the best option in every single matter? Especially if you are choosing for a life long investment, you would do anything at your disposal to select that which works in its favour. It would be unreasonable to base your choices on something short lived. Not exactly how a successful person thinks.

Now take the example of this World and the HereAfter. This World is short lived and the HereAfter is for eternity! Adopting the Islamic dress code and implementing it within your family is basically choosing the best, earning more reward and investing in your Aakhirah. You will get rewards 24/7 for as long as you have the garment on!

2.Inculcate love for the Prophet.

If you want to become a God-fearing individual and raise God-fearing kids you have to focus on a prime feeling.

Love For The Prophet(SAWS)

Love for the Prophet(SAWS) is a very strong factor which makes Muslim adopt the good and abstain from the wrong. Imitating the Prophet(SAWS) in his way of dressing would create a sense of love for the Prophet(SAWS) and it would lead to forming a bond with the teachings of the Prophet(SAWS).

3. Preaching Through Actions.

If you are living in a non-Muslim country, adopting the Islamic dress code would be a source of propagating the teachings of Islam and it would give confidence to the other Muslims around you. You would be displaying the Sunnah Way and if anyone decides to adopt the same dress code after being inspired from you will earn you a source of reward as well.

4. Be Recognised as Muslims.

The Islamic dress code represents your identity. Adopting it will always make you cling to your teachings and beliefs. Plus, your dress code will identify you as a Muslim wherever you go. Being affiliated with the religion of Peace, The Right Path is a source of pride and whats better than to be shown connected to it by your getup.

How to Encourage Kids to Adopt the Islamic Dress Code.

People often sympathised my kids for having to wear the Sunnah Clothing all the time, more often Muslims. However, if the same people would approach my kids and try to invite them to say how restricted they are, my kids would happily place their hand on their clothes and say, “But Allah is happy with me when I am wearing this!’

Wearing the Islamic dress code out habit did not spark this sort of response but by talking to them and making them understand the reason behind it. Here’s what you should do.

Explain to your children how they are copying the dress of the Prophet(SAWS).

The Islamic Dress code is making both Allah and the Prophet(SAWS) happy! Tell them that when their good deeds will be presented to the Prophet(SAWS) on Friday, he will see that such a little boy loves him so much that he is ready to even choose the same clothes as him so he might look like him. The Prophet(SAWS) is now so happy that he is waiting for them eagerly by the pond (Kausar)!

Make them proud and strong of their identity.

Tell them that the Islamic dress code is the best option. It will make them identifiable as Muslims and they will be representing the Sunnah dress this way.

Keep an eye out at their surroundings.

Mostly, be mindful of who or what you leave your kids around. Exposing them to the harmful contents of media, screen and television will not aid in helping them become strong Muslims. They will eventually feel the desire to move to a different path which imitates less and less of the Prophet(SAWS). Leaving them around people or sending them to such schools where they would be shamed and bullied for their choice will make them hate their option and slowly this hate will progress towards many of the Islamic teachings. Keep them around pious people until they are young and small so thats how they grow up to be. Strong, decisive and unaffected about their choices.

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Have you ever tried implementing the Islamic Dress Code? What was your experience? Share it in the comment section down below.