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Allaah does not accept the prayer of a man who hangs down his izar

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One correction of a previous answer you gave someone about the garmats being above the ankles, anyway you mentioned no signifincance that they HAVE TO BE above the ankles when praying, because if they are not the prayer is unaccepted by Allaah, according to Hadeeth:

Allaah does not accept the prayer of a man who hangs down his izar." (Abu Daud, Nisai, Tabarani)


Furthermore,another qoute from the prophet;

"Whatever is below the ankles will be in the Hell-Fire."


Sorry i could`nt remember the question no. anyway, as i have proved it is a MUST to have them above the ankle, could you please achknowlage

that...rather then give another generic response....

I would stronly appreciate it.

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Clothes above ankle

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Abdur Rahman said: I asked Abu Sa`id al-Khudri about wearing lower garment. He said: You have come to the man who knows it very well. The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: The way for a believer to wear a lower garment is to have it halfway down his legs and he is guilty of no sin if it comes halfway between that and the ankles, but what comes lower than the ankles is in Hell.

On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will not look at him who trails his lower garment conceitedly (in arrogance).

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.678 Narrated by Abu Huraira

The Prophet (saws) said, "The part of an Izar (lower garment) which hangs below the ankles, is in the Fire."

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.675 Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar




The Prophet (saws) 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 (saws)! One side of my Izar hangs low if I do not take care of it." The Prophet (saws) said, -You are not one of those who do that out of conceit."

 

Any Law has two facets:

  1. The letter of the Law.
  2. The spirit of the Law.

 

The spirit and wisdom behind the above Law whereby the Messenger of Allah (saws) forbade the believers to wear the izaar or lower garment below the ankles, is that in the times of the Prophet (saws) poverty was so rampant that only the very rich could afford to wear a garment which would be long enough to reach ones ankles. Thus the rich, in their pride and arrogance, and to show-off their wealth would wear long flowing robes which would go below their ankles (and at times drag on the ground) when most of the population of the times could not even afford to wear enough to cover oneself appropriately!

 

The spirit of the law dictates that a believer at all times should avoid and abstain from all types of things that beget arrogance and pride for his possessions; and if wearing the izaar lower than the ankles begets arrogance, then the believers must abstain from it.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.8 Narrated by Umar bin Al Khattab

The Prophet (saws) said, "The rewards (of deeds) are according to the intention, and everybody will get the reward for what he has intended.

 

If one has absolutely no intention of displaying pride or arrogance by wearing his lower garment below his ankles, the majority of the scholars in Islam are of the opinion that Allah Subhanah would not hold him accountable for his deed. But if one so fears Allah Subhanah and wants to make absolutely sure to stay within the letter and the spirit of the law, then it would be safest and absolutely best if one wears clothes whereby the lower garment is above his ankles.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.49 Narrated by An Numan bin Bashir

I heard Allah's Messenger (saws) saying, 'Both legal and illegal things are evident but in between them there are doubtful (suspicious) things and most of the people have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from these suspicious things saves his religion and his honor. And whoever indulges in these suspicious things is like a shepherd who grazes (his animals) near the Hima (private pasture) of someone else and at any moment he is liable to get in it.

 

Secondly, the command and guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws) for the believers to adorn themselves with lower garments no longer than their ankles is for all times and not only when one offers ones prayers. Thus it would not be considered righteousness if one only folds ones ankles when one is in prayer and at all other times his lower garments falls below his ankles.

 

Your Statement: anyway you mentioned no signifincance that they HAVE TO BE above the ankles when praying, because if they are not the prayer is unaccepted by Allaah, according to Hadeeth:


Allaah does not accept the prayer of a man who hangs down his izar." (Abu Daud, Nisai, Tabarani)

My dear and beloved brother in Islam, I tried searching for the exact hadith which you have quoted from Abu Dawood, An-Nisai, At-Tabarrani and the other authentic books of Sunnah, but was unable to locate the exact hadith which states that Allah does not accept the prayer of a man who hangs down his izar.

 

Beloved brother, in absolute sincerity and humility we request you to give us the exact reference number of the quoted hadith, so that we may study its exact words and benefit from its guidance.

 

There are several authentic ahaadeeths regarding the guidance of the Noble Prophet (saws) for the believers to adorn themselves with lower garments no longer than their ankles, and each and every one of them is for all times and not only when one offers ones prayers.

 

If one sincerely wishes to follow the guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws) in letter and in spirit, one should adorn oneself in garments above their ankles at all times, and not only during prayers: and that would, without an iota of a doubt be in absolute accordance with the guidance of the Prophet (saws).

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.675 Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar

The Prophet (saws) 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 (saws)! One side of my Izar hangs low if I do not take care of it." The Prophet (saws) said: You are not one of those who do that out of conceit."

 

If the normal dress-code of the society one lives in is such that the lower garments covers the ankles, and one has absolutely no intention of displaying any pride or arrogance by wearing his lower garment below his ankles, the majority of the scholars in Islam are of the opinion that Allah Subhanah would not hold him accountable for his deed.

 

Your Statement: Sorry i could`nt remember the question no. anyway, as i have proved it is a MUST to have them above the ankle, could you please achknowlage that...rather then give another generic response.... I would stronly appreciate it.

Beloved brother in Islam, we wholeheartedly acknowledge that it would be best and absolutely in accordance with the guidance of the Messenger of Allah (saws) if the believers would wear their lower garments above their ankles at all times, and not only when offering their prayers.

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.675 Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar

The Prophet (saws) 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 (saws)! One side of my Izar hangs low if I do not take care of it." The Prophet (saws) said: You are not one of those who do that out of conceit."

 

But if one lives amongst a people where it is absolutely normal and not considered pride or arrogance to wear ones lower garment below ones ankles, or one does not cover his ankles with his lower garments in a display of pride, conceitedness or arrogance, in light of the above guidance of the Prophet (saws) to Hadrat Abu Bakr (r.a.), the majority of the scholars in Islam are of the opinion that Allah Subhanah will not hold them accountable for their deed.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

Burhan

 


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