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I have seen a queston about dressing for women.

I need to know :

  • What does Islam say about men's clothing?
  • Is it permitted to wear t-shirt,jeans in public?
  • Is it permitted to tuck-in the shirts?
  • Most of our scholars wear jibbah for prayers, why?

Please, provide some references from hadiths.

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please refer to this links: sunnah.org/fiqh/islamic_dress.htm –  Salahudeen Al Ayoubi Nov 24 '12 at 15:05

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The following is the summary of the rulings on men's way of dressing:

  1. The basic principle concerning everything that is worn is that it is halaal and permissible, except for that concerning which there is a text to state that it is haraam, such as silk for males, because the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

    Wearing silk and gold has made unlawful for the males of my Ummah and lawful for its females

    Similarly it is not permissible to wear the skin of a dead animal unless it has been tanned. With regard to wearing clothes made of wool, goat hair and camel hair, these are pure and permissible.

  2. It is not permissible to wear thin or see-through clothing that does not conceal the ‘awrah.

  3. It is haraam to imitate the mushrikeen and kuffaar in their manner of dress,so it is not permissible to wear clothing that is unique to the kuffaar.

    Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) saw me wearing two clothes dyed in saffron. whereupon he said:

    These are the clothes (usually worn by) the non-believers, so do not wear them

  4. It is haraam for women to imitate men and men to imitate women in the way they dress, because:

    Allah's Messenger cursed those men who are in the similitude (assume the manners) of women and those women who are in the similitude (assume the manners) of men.

  5. It is Sunnah for a Muslim to start with the right when dressing, and to say, Bismillaah (In the name of Allaah), and to start with the left when taking clothes off.

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

    When you put on (a garment) and when you perform ablution, you should begin with your right side.

  6. It is Sunnah for the one who is putting on a new garment to thank Allaah and make du’aa’.

    When the Messenger of Allah, would wear a new garment he would say:

    'O Allah! For You is the praise, You have clothed me, I ask You for its good and the good for which it was made, and I seek refuge in You from its evil and the evil for which it was made

  7. It is Sunnah to pay attention to keeping one's clothes clean, without feeling arrogant or exaggerating about that.

    A person (amongst his hearers) said: Verily a person loves that his dress should be fine, and his shoes should be fine. He (the Holy Prophet) remarked:

    Verily, Allah is Graceful and He loves Grace.

  8. It is mustahabb to wear white clothes

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

    Wear your white garments, for they are among your best garments, and shroud your dead in them.

  9. It is haraam for the Muslim man to let any garment he wears hang down beneath his ankles for conceit, otherwise it's makrooh (better not to do).

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

    Allah will not look, on the Day of Resurrection at the person who drags his garment (behind him) out of conceit.

    On that Abu Bakr said,

    "O Allah's Messenger! One side of my Izar hangs low if I do not take care of it."

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

    You are not one of those who do that out of conceit.

    In another Hadith

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:

    The part of an Izar which hangs below the ankles is in the Fire.

  10. It is haraam to wear garments of fame and vanity, which means a garment that stands out from others so that people will look at the wearer and he will become known for it.

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) as saying:

    If anyone wears a garment for gaining fame, Allah will clothe him in a similar garment on the Day of Resurrection... then set it ablaze.”

    And according to another version:

    will dress him in a

    garment of disgrace.

So the Sunnah in men clothes is to be white and clean, not to hang down beneath the ankles, not to show the shape nor the colour of the ‘awrah.

Summarized and modified from here.

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Question 1) is a general one and hopefully got sufficient reply. I will try to answer the others:

Question 2 & 3) Yes, it is perfectly allowed to wear Jeans, T-Shirt and the like. Likewise, there is no problem in tucking your shirt into the pants, by default. The problem is when the pants are not loose enough to hide your 'awrah'. Now, the 'awrah' of the men essentially stretches from navel to the knees, but what is often overlooked by some people is the proper manner of concealing the 'awrah', which besides hiding these body parts with a cloth also include proper tailoring of the garment. That is, if the pants or trousers are so tight as to reveal what one should be concealing like the curves of thighs/buttocks or loose but sticking to the skin like an adhesive and thus outlining the inner structure. Eventually, some garments can be alright while you are standing but all revealing when you bend e.g. in Sujood. Therefore, all with the matter is relative to situations and a careful choice about one's dress is the way out.

Question 3) Hopefully, it is for the above reason, it is desirable to wear a long shirt reaching near to the knees like a 'kurta' or 'milder' styles like long-tail 'plumber' shirt. In the same line, avoiding tucked-in shirts gives some degree of satisfaction to others, which for example in the Indian Subcontinent is also taken as a sign of humility. Cultural tendencies always tend to cast their influence. Hopefully, it is for the above reasons, scholars in the west too embrace this idea of greater modesty and prefer long Jibba over short coat. And as a matter of fact, in such cases where a general ruling is not possible, most of the people are left with misconceptions and exaggerated conclusions.

"I personally prefer a long shirt over a short or tucked-in, a Jeans over other material, and a knee-length over all. Finding the right pants almost always gives a tough time but it is worth it."

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