His usual clothing and dressing


Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Sunday, October 4th, 2009

His principle in the matter of dress was convenience and informality. He would put on what was available and was not at all formal about it, i.e. he never cared for any particular kind or quality of clothing and under no circumstances, for fine and expensive one. He contented himself with what ever met the need for clothing. His dress consisted generally of a wrap or mantle and an IZAR (lower garment) made of coarse cloth. He is reported to have worn woolen clothing also. It has been narrated that his wrap was full of patches. He used it and would say, I am only a servant, and dress myself like one.” [Tradition from Shaikheen]

Hadrat lbn Umar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) has said: Of all the merits of a believer the best in the sight of ALLAH is he who keeps his clothes clean and that he is content with what little, he has. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) disliked dirty and soiled clothes and considered them disgusting [Madarij-un-Nabuwah]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) would put on the lower garment, letting them in front fall down and raising it behind. [Madarij-un-Nabuwh]

Whenever the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) condemned pride and conceit, the companions would say: “But O Apostle of ALLAH: man likes his dress to be fine and his shoes to be nice. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) would say:

“Surely ALLAH is elegant and loves elegance.”

According to another tradition he would say:

“Surely ALLAH is subtle and loves subtlety.”

In keeping with this view, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to dress himself elegantly when he had to meet delegations. He did so also on Fridays and the two EID days. For this purpose he used to keep a separate suite of clothes. [Madarij-un-Nubawah]

According to Hadhrat Umm-e-Salama (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha), the clothing, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) liked best was a shirt, although he very often put on lower garment and mantle but still the clothing which he liked best was a shirt. [Shamail-e-Tirmizi]

Hadrat Anas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the shirt of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was made of cotton with short length and short sleeves, It had cotton buttons and had an opening on the chest. This is the style of a shirt according to Sunnah. [Madarij-un-Nubawah]

One of the Companions narrated: Once the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) saw me wearing poor garment and he asked me whether I had any property. When I replied that I had every kind of wealth and property, he said, “Let the mark of His favor and honor to you be seen.” This means that one should thank ALLAH for that. On another occasion he saw a disheveled man with untidy hair and said, “Could this man not find something to wash his garment with (i.e. soap or any other such thing)” [Madarij-un-Nubawah, Mishkat]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) liked wearing white clothes and said they are the best clothes, your living person should wear them and enshroud your dead in them. [Madarij-un-Nubawah, Shamail-e-Tirmizi]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to wear a black blanket. Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) narrated that one morning, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) went out wearing a variegated garment of black goat hair. [Shamail-e-Tarmizi]

When the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) entered Makkah as victorious he was wearing a black turban. [Madarij -un- Nubawah]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to wear woolen clothes and very often wrapped himself with a sheet. [Madarij-un-Nubawah]

As the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was the most purified and refined of all human beings, the signs were evident from his noble body. His clothes would never get dirty as a result of contact with his body. No lice were to be found in his clothes and fly did never settle either on his body or on his clothes. [Madarij-un-Nubawah]

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) wore leather socks and performed masah (wiping with wet hands) on them. [Madarij-un Nubawah]

Summing up, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to wear whatever was available irrespective of its having been made of cotton or wool or flax (linen). He has put on wraps from Yaman, gown, short pajama (trousers) tahband lower garment) plain sheet, ordinary socks and sandals. Plain cloth, plain and striped black cloth, black dress and a gown with sleeves of green silk too were used by him. [Zadul Ma’aad]

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