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Wearing pants/hats of other people (Nation).

Posted by muhammedm on December 28, 2008

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Peace and Blessings be upon all the Messengers.

Inshallah I’ll try to post some beneficial material from different sources.

“Wearing Hindu or British clothing

Question: If a Muslim wears a Zannar (a thread) of the Hindus he becomes a kafir, is it likwise if he wears a cross or a hat that are worn by the British or is it that wearing the cross means commiting kufr and wearing the hat means doing something haram?

Answer: Wearing the cross in the neck is kufr, the cross is a distinguishing sign/mark of the christians. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “whoever imitates a nation/people, then he is from amongst them”. Because both (Zannar and cross) of them are signs of kufr, both of them are kufr. Wearing the hats of christians (British), or their coats or pants are not signs of kufr, rather they’re the clothing of the people (British). Wearing them in India means imitating their clothing, and it’s a sin. And the people who live in those countries (Britain, America) and the Muslims of those countries also wear those clothes, then there is no sin (upon them). Because in those lands (Britain) the clothing is not a sign/mark of christianity or christains, rather it’s a general clothing, for both Muslims and Kuffars. And Allah (exalted is He) knows best.”  Source: Mawlana Rashid Ahmed Gongohi, Ta lifat Rashadiyya Ma’ Fatawa Rashadiyya Page78-79.

 

“There is no Tashabuh/imitation in wearing coat/jacket and pants in London:

One individual asked that if a Muslim who lives in London who wears pants and coat, is that tashabbuh/imitation? (Answer) It will not be tashabbuh, because it’s not thought of over there that it’s a clothing of another people, (rather) that’s the clothing of everyone over there, without any distinguishment. And if coats and pants were to be common in our land such that it’s specificity (of belonging to a particular people) is no longer in the mind, then it will not be prohibited (wearing coat and pants).” Mawlana Ashraf Ali Tahanwi Husnul Aziz Page 213, Take from Fiqh Hanafi Ki Usul wa Dawabit by Mawlana Muhammed Zayd Nadwi Page 154.

The words in the brackets are mine.

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