His tahband and pajamas

Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

The usual practice of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was to wear a lungi (a sheet wrapped around the waist down to the knees). His wearing pajamas (loose trousers tied round the waist) is a matter about which there is difference of opinion. In some traditions, it occurs that he has worn pajamas and that his companions were seen wearing it. According to another tradition he was asked whether he ever wore Pajamas he replied: Yes, I have been required to cover my body. To cover a body, there is no other thing better than this.” [Khasail-e-Nabawi, Zadul Ma’ad]

His tahband (lower garment) was four cubits and one span in length and in width it was three cubits and one span. [Shamail-e-Tirmizi]

According to some traditions his sheet was four cubits in length and two and a half cubits in width. His tahband (lower garment) was four cubits and one span in length and two cubits in width. He used to keep his tahband above mid calves with the hem in front remaining lower than the rear. [Khasail-e-Nabawi]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) is reported to have said, “The way for a believer to put on a tahband (lower garment is to have it half way down his legs, and he is guilty of no sin if it comes half way between that and the ankes, but what comes lower than that is in hell fire. On the day of resurrection, ALLAH will not look at the person who trails his lower garment conceitedly.” [Abu Dawud, lbn Majah, Zadul Ma’ad, Mishkat]

Hadrat Anas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that of all the items of clothing the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) liked Yamani printed wrapping sheet the best. [Shamail-e-Tirmizi]

Sometimes he used to put on the wrapping sheet in such a way that he would pass it through the right armpit and then cover the left shoulder.

Hadrat Abu Sad Al-Khudri (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) would put on new clothes only on Friday. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) did like white clothing but of colored clothes he liked green the most. [Zadul Ma’ad]

Pure and deep red color was not liked by the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam).

When he put on a new dress, he would thank ALLAH in the following words mentioning the name of the dress.

“O Allaah ! all praises are due to thee: As You have clothed me, I ask Thee to grant me its benefit and benefit of what it is made for. I seek refuge with thee from its evil and the evil of what it is made for.”

Sometimes he prayed as follows:

“All praise is due to ALLAH who has clothed me with something with which to cover my nakedness and adorn myself in my lifetime.”

He used to give his old clothes as charity (Sadaqa). [Zadul Ma’ad]

Mostly he used to wear cotton clothes, but is reported to have occasionally worm clothes made of wool and fine linen. [Zadul Ma’ad]

He used to take particular care in covering himself with a wrap that his body should not be visible. Probably this was his manner while he lay down.

Abu Rimsah narrated that he once saw the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) covering himself with two green wrapping sheets. [Shamail-e-Tirmiz]

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