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Question By : Atia Nadeem

Assalamualaikum
I would like an explanation regarding the Hadith which describes extending the length of the dress to cover the ankles an act of arrogance and pride, even if those who do this claim otherwise. Since everything which Allah has commanded the Muslims to follow has a relevant explanation what is the possible reason behind this, and also is the ruling same for the women?

Jazakallah.

 

Reply By : Muhammad Asad Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah the most Gracious the most Merciful

The answer to your question is as follows:

Ibn Juray bin Sulaim said that the Messenger of Allah said, what translated means, ˇ°Lower your dress to half the leg. If you do not prefer that, then to the ankles. However, do not increase the length of the dress (lower than the ankles), for it is arrogance, and Allah does not like arrogance.ˇ±
[Abu Dawood, At-Tirmithi & Al- Hakim]

In this Hadith, the Messenger of Allah considered extending the length of the dress to cover the ankles an act of arrogance and pride. Also, Abu Hurairah said that the Prophet said, what translated means, Whatever is below the ankles will be in the Fire.ˇ± [Al-Bukhari] Furthermore, Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet said, ˇ°On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will not look at he who used to drag his dress behind him (because it is too long below the ankles) out of arrogance.ˇ± [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

These Hadiths above state that wearing long dresses which cover the ankles is a type of arrogance, or at least leads to such behavior. Therefore, shortening the length of the dress is a type of humbleness and leads to such behavior. This ruling is only for men not for women; They should cover their bodies as much as they could. (And Allah knows

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