Soccer and wearing shorts
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I am also another brother who is very pleased to get your emails and learning from it each and everyday. Thank you very much and may Allah bless you for that. We need these kinds of emails in the time of this when the world is against Islam and Muslim people.
Anyway, I have a question regarding what you have said on the following matter (about clothing). You have said the following, "For the believing males, the satr are the parts of the body between the navel and the knees inclusive. These parts of the body of the male cannot be disclosed even to other males. " from the above saying, it proves that we cannot wear shorts even if we are playing games like soccer. if that is true then how come soccer teams like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arab are playing the games wearing shorts?
I will be very glad if you could answer my question. Thanks!
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Soccer and wearing shorts
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Your Statement: it proves that we cannot wear shorts even if we are playing games like soccer.
If the shorts cover the satr of the man, which is from his navel to his knees inclusive, there is absolutely no harm in wearing such shorts.
But if the shorts leaves naked any part of the body between the navel and the knees inclusive, then it would indeed be an act against the teachings and guidance of Allah and His Messenger (saws).
Your Question: if that is true then how come soccer teams like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arab are playing the games wearing shorts?
The criteria for something being allowed or forbidden in Islam is not who or how many people are doing an act; the criteria for the believers between right and wrong, the permissible and the prohibited, has to be the guidance and teachings of Allah and His Messenger (saws)!
Thus if Allah and His Messenger (saws) have declared something permissible; no matter if the whole world disapproves or objects to it, it will be considered permissible!
And if Allah and His Messenger (saws) have declared something forbidden; no matter if the whole world approves of it, it will always remain forbidden!
Just because members of the soccer teams of muslim nations like Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc. wear inappropriate clothing, it does not become halaal for the believers, who sincerely believe in Allah and the Last Day, to wear inappropriate clothing!
There are unfortunately many things allowed by the muslim nations in the world today, which are directly against the commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws); thus that would not be a justification for making a thing declared haraam by Allah and His Messenger (saws) as permissible!
Interest and riba related banking is available in almost all muslim nations like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Malaysia, Indonesia, Qatar, etc.; but Allah and His Messenger (saws) have specifically declared riba absolutely haraam!
Or, alcohol is available in most muslim nations like the UAE, Bahrain, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc.; but Allah and His Messenger (saws) have declared all types of intoxicants absolutely haraam for the believers!
Thus beloved brother in Islam, the criteria for the believers in determining the halaal from the haraam, right from the wrong, etc. is not who and how many nations are doing it; but the criteria for determining the halaal from the haraam for the believers, who sincerely believe in Allah and the Last Day, has to be the Quran and the Sunnah.
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