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I read somewhere that it is Haraam to wear Jeans.

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I hope you dont think that I am silly in asking this question, I only ask so that I may better myself.

I read somewhere that it is Haraam to wear Jeans. I wear jeans alot compared to any other clothes that I own, please tell me if this is so. I prefer to wear it, but if it is wrong then I shall not wear it again & shall I give it to charity or would that be bad because I am allowing others to wear it too. Please advice me


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Can girls wear Jeans

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Your Statement: I hope you dont think that I am silly in asking this question, I only ask so that I may better myself.

Beloved sister in Islam, the deen or way of life called Al-Islam is based on the Wisdom and Knowledge of the All Knowing Lord, and every single command of the All Wise Lord is abundant in common-sense and logic. Asking any type of questions in Islam to gain more knowledge, or to confirm the Truth so that ones heart is more content, or to understand and thus follow with more conviction the dictates of the deen is not only permissible, but absolutely encouraged in Islam. It is the right of the brother or sister to ask anything they wish to clarify in the deen; and it is the responsibility and duty of the good scholars to address the question asked to the best of their knowledge and ability, and in the most polite and humble manner.


What is discouraged in Islam is if one asks questions for the sake of asking, or arguing to ridicule the Truth with absolutely no intention of obeying or following when the Truth is made clear to them, etc. But if one asks questions to clarify and seek knowledge so that one may better follow the deen; such seeking of the Knowledge of Truth is absolutely encouraged in Islam


Thus my beloved sister, never ever hesitate, of feel ashamed, or consider the question you wish to ask as silly or inconsequential when seeking answers in your quest to learn more about this beautiful deen. Allah is my witness, the seeking of this knowledge of Truth is a meritorious deed in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 218 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik

Allah's Messenger (saws) said: The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 256 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas

The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: Acquiring knowledge in company for an hour in the night is better than spending the whole night in prayer!


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 249 Narrated by Al-Hasan al-Basri

Allah's Messenger (saws) said: He whom death overtakes while he is engaged in acquiring knowledge with a view to reviving Islam with the help of it, there will be one degree between him and the Prophets in Paradise!


Your Question: I read somewhere that it is Haraam to wear Jeans.

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verse 26:

26 O ye children of Adam! We have bestowed clothing upon you to cover your shame as well as to be an adornment to you; but the clothing of taqwa (piety, righteousness, etc.) that is the best. Such are among the Signs of Allah that they may receive admonition!


Provided that the below five conditions of apparel are not violated, there is absolutely no restriction on the type or color of clothing the believers are allowed to wear in Islam:

  1. Clothes worn should not announce arrogance.
  2. The satr of the person (man or woman) must be covered in the presence of their non-mehrams.
  3. The clothes worn must not be tight so as to display ones figure and curves, and should not be transparent.
  4. The clothes worn must not be an imitation of the pagans or disbelievers.
  5. Men should not imitate women in their clothing; nor should women imitate men in their clothing.


Thus regardless of what type of outfit one chooses to wear, whether it be jeans or anything else, if it violates any of the above restrictions, then it would not be deemed appropriate clothing in Islam.


In our humble opinion, the wearing of jeans for a believing woman might be in violation of two of the above five restrictions.


a. Jeans are generally tight-fitted and do display ones figures and curves.

But if the believing woman wears a loose-fitting outer garment or jilbaab over whatever she chooses to wear underneath the jilbaab when in the presence of non-mehrams, then she would not be in violation of this restriction.


b. If one lives in a culture where jeans are considered clothing specific for men, then it would indeed not be appropriate for a believing woman to imitate the apparel of men.


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

I heard Allah's Messenger (saws) saying, 'Both the halaal (permissible) and the haraam (forbidden) 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.


Thus my beloved sister in Islam, although one cannot say that the wearing of jeans is specifically declared haraam or forbidden by Allah and His Messenger (saws) for the believing woman; in our humble opinion, because of its vicinity to the violation of some of the commands of apparel, it would definitely be amongst the suspicious or doubtful things. Thus if the believing woman so fears Allah and the Last Day and abstains from it for Allahs sake, she will have a huge reward with Allah Subhanah.


Your Question: shall I give it to charity or would that be bad because I am allowing others to wear it too.


Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.782 Narrated by Abdullah bin Umar

Umar bin Al-Khattab saw a silken dress (cloak) being sold at the gate of the Mosque and said, "O Allah's Messenger (saws)! Would that you buy it and wear it on Fridays and when the delegates come to you!" Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "This is worn by the one who will have no share in the Hereafter! (as silk is declared forbidden to the believing males in Islam)" Later on some silk dresses were brought and Allah's Messenger (saws) sent one of them to 'Umar. 'Umar said, "How do you give me this to wear while you said what you said about the dress of 'Utarid?" Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "I have not given it to you to wear!" So, 'Umar gave it to a pagan brother of his in Mecca.


If you do decide not to wear jeans in the future to stay clear of violating any command of Allah and His Messenger (saws), there is absolutely no harm if you gave it to someone else as a gift or in charity.


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,






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