Keeping Lower Garment above Ankle
Posted: 6 Muharram 1423, 21 March 2002
CHECKED AND APPROVED CORRECT: Mufti Ebrahim Desai
|Q.) Letting one's lower garments loose so that it is touches the
ground represented pride in a person in the Arabs of the pre-Islamic times, therefore,
Messenger of Allah forbade to let the lower garment touch the ground and
ordered to keep it above the ankle.
Since nowadays we do not wear such garments in most occasions (normally we wear shalwar, pajama, pants, etc) and nor does the covering of ankle by the lower garment represents pride in a man these days as we have different cultural aspects compared to the Arabs of those time. Should we therefore still consider it a (major) sin?
A.) Irrespective of the reason furnished, the Hadith describes it as a sin and it should still be considered a major sin. Besides, wearing a garment above the ankle is the Sunnah of Rasulullah . That is sufficient for us to follow. And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best