The Beloved (pbuh) and the way he dressed

February 24, 2009 at 11:07 am 1 comment

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
والحمدلله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على أشرف الأنبياء  والمرسلين
In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
All praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings be upon the most noble of the Prophets and Messengers

Salaam Alaikum

We all know Islam is a holistic system, and applies to all aspects of our lives. When we look at our example, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), we see that he is the epitome of modesty, yet always looked presentable- why? Because he is representing Islam. Unfortunately we sometimes see people in one of two extremes; blatant extravagance or careless scruffiness. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “One will not enter Paradise, if one has an atom’s weight of arrogance in his/her heart.”
A man then asked, “And if one loves his clothes to look good and his shoes to look good?”
The Prophet replied, “Allah is beautiful and loves beauty, arrogance is: rejecting the truth and looking down on people.”

Outward appearance can relate to two parts: hygiene and looking presentable.

Islam encourages hygiene, and the Prophet (pbuh) used to use the miswak to clean his teeth several times a day. It is reprehensible to be with people when one smells foul, or go to the mosque. The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever eats onions, garlic or leeks should not approach our mosque, because whatever offends the sons of Adam may offend the angels.” (Muslim) Men are encouraged to perfume themselves, and it is reported that the Prophet (pbuh) would always perfume himself. Umar (ra) said that spending money on perfume is not considered extravagance. The Prophet (pbuh) also encouraged a full bath at least once a week; this is in addition to performing wudhu 5 times a day, and performing ghusl to wash oneself from impurity. In hadiths related in Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet (pbuh) taught us to cut our nails to prevent them from being too long (and therefore making it easy for dirt to go under the nails), for men to trim their mustaches and beards, and to remove hair from certain parts of the body. One should also keep his clothes clean. Jabir (ra) said: “The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) came to visit us, and saw a man who was wearing dirty clothes. He said, ‘Could this person not find anything with which to wash his clothes?’” (Ahmed, An-Nisa’ee)

We should also dress well because we are Muslims, because Allah loves beauty. Looking at an exmaple of the Prophet (pbuh), he used to take good care of his hair. He would comb it and apply scent to it. The Prophet (pbuh) said: ‘Whoever has hair, let him look after it properly.’” What would the Prophet (pbuh) say had he seen the way we dress today, with some people leaving their homes without brushing their hair?

Dressing scruffily is even seen as following the footsteps of shaytan. In Imam Malik’s Muwatta’, it is reported that:

“The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) was in the mosque, when a man with unkempt hair and an untidy beard came in. The Prophet (pbuh) pointed to him, as if indicating to him that he should tidy up his hair and beard. The man went and did so, then returned. The Prophet (pbuh) said, ‘Is this not better than that any one of you should come with unkempt hair, looking like the Shaytan?

Dressing well is a sign of being grateful to Allah. The Prophet (pbuh) said:

Allah (swt) loves to see the signs of His gifts on His slave.

(Tirmidhi and Hakim)

There is a mistaken idea that part of zuhd (not being concerned with the dunya) is to look unkempt. Yet zuhd relates to being simple, and being content whether one has great wealth or none at all. The Prophet (pbuh) spent his life in a state of financial poverty, and was always concerned with the afterlife more than we could ever be, yet Ali (ra) said that everyone who met him was in awe of him. Imam Abu Hanifa once saw a man who looked scruffy, and wanted to give him some money so that he could purchase some clothes for himself. The man said that he did not need the money. Imam Abu Hanifa admonished him saying “Then have you not heard the hadith “Allah (swt) loves to see the signs of His gifts on His slave“? You have to change yourself”

What does all of this link to? That we are representatives of Islam. The great scholar al-Shanqiti said, “An Imam /Caller to Islam should set aside some money in order to buy nice clothing.” This is because our outward appearance matters. Why would people want to  hear about Islam when the people representing the religion look untidy?

This goes without saying of course, that the clothing we wear should not be haraam i.e. very tightfitting (for both men and women!), with offensive language and images, etc. While it is not haraam to spend money on nice clothes, we should not be excessive with this. There are guidelines in terms of halal clothing, and we should always bear in mind that we should dress in ways that we would not be ashamed to be standing in front of Allah (swt) in, or in front of His Messenger (pbuh). If we are unsure, all we need to do is ask 🙂


Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri (ra) said,

“When the Prophet (pbuh) put on a new garment, he would in happiness mention that garment’s name. For example, ‘Allah Ta’aala gave me this qamis, ‘amaamah (turban), sheet, etc” Then recited this du’aa:

Allahumma lakal hamdu kama kasauw- tanihi, as-aluka khayrahu wa-khayra ma-suni’a lahu wa-a’u- dhu bika min sharrihi wa-sharri ma-suni’a lahu‘.


“Oh Allah, all praise and thanks to You for clothing me with this (garment). I ask You for the good of it and the good of what it was made for, and I ask Your protection from the evil of it and the evil of what it was made for.”


Look good people!! 😀


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. navedz  |  February 24, 2009 at 11:38 am


    Indeed our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the best and perfect example for each and every aspect of life.

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