Fatwa n° 410
Category: Fatwas about financial transactions – Selling
The ruling concerning selling
the trousers and the modern suits
What is the ruling concerning selling the trousers and the suits? May Allah reward you.
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Peace and blessing be upon whom Allah sent as a mercy to the Worlds, upon his Family, his Companions and his Brothers until the Day of Resurrection:
You have to know that the honorable Sharî‘a (Islamic law) does not prohibit imitating those who comply with its legislations: obligations, recommendations and permissions. Therefore, such acts must not be deserted because they (the unbelievers) have practiced it, provided that the motive for acting in such a way should be the religious commanding texts. Nevertheless, the prohibition of imitating the disbelievers means imitating them in what does not go along with the imperatives of our Sharî‘a, i.e., imitating them in what is known to be a part of their private characteristics including their garments and their general clothing styles such as the suits that distinguish their look. So, this is prohibited, according to his saying صلَّى الله عليه وآله وسلَّم: “Whoever imitates a folk, he is then one of them” (1), and his saying صلَّى الله عليه وآله وسلَّم to ‘Abdullâh Ibn ‘Amr رضي الله عنهما when he saw him wearing two reddish garments: “These belong to the garment of the disbelievers, so do not wear them” (2). Therefore, one should neither wear nor help others to wear any garment that distinguishes the disbelievers.
The perfect knowledge belongs to Allah عزَّ وجلَّ; and our last prayer is all the praises and thanks are to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and prayers of Allah are to Muhammad and his Family, Companions and Brothers until the Day of Resurrection.
Algiers on: Rabî‘ Al-Awwal 4th, 1427 H
Corresponding to April the 3rd, 2006 G.
(1) Reported by Abû Dâwûd (4031) from the hadith of Ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنهما . This hadith is judged authentic by Al-‘Irâqî in “Takhrîj Al-Ihyâ‘ ” (1/ 359) and by Al-Albânî in “Al-Irwâ’ ” (1269). This hadith is judged good (Haşan) by Ibn Hajar in “Fath Al-Bârî” (10/282).
(2) Reported by Muslim (2077) from the hadith of ‘Abdullâh Ibn ‘Amr رضي الله عنهما .