Lower garment below ankles
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I am a regular visitor of this site. Today I read your answer to one of the question asked by on of my brother in Islam. Question# was 2607 and it was regarding Ankles cover in Prayers. U coated the following two narrations of Prophet (SAWS)
Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4082 Narrated by Abu Sa`id al-Khudri
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 said, "The part of an Izar (lower garment) which hangs below the ankles, is in the Fire."
Now My question is in these days majority of the Muslims (including me) are wearing the lower garment which is of course not drag on ground but keep below the ankles. And I think now a days majority (including me) is not doing that in their pride and arrogance, and to show-off their wealth as u said in your explanation that 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 one’s ankles. But that is not the situation now a days because poor peoples are also wearing lower garments which are below their ankles. Now after reading your answer I am confused, should I keep my ankles naked all the time or not.
May ALLAH guide you, me and all the Muslims to follow the right path.
Waiting for your reply.
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Any Law has two facets:
The letter of the Law.
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 one’s 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 at the times could not even afford to wear enough to cover oneself appropriately!
Your Question: should I keep my ankles naked all the time or not.
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.”
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Your Brother in Islam,