“Isbaal” is an Arabic term which means to lower ones garments. Allah’s messenger Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam has given a severe warning to those who intentionally wear a garment which is dragging along the ground as this is a sign of arrogance. In today’s time folding our trousers above the ankles only in Salaah has become a habit. Whereas the prohibition of hanging garments below the ankles is for all times.


The Rasul of Allah Taala has mentioned, “There are three people to whom Allah Taala will neither speak to, nor will he look at them (with mercy), nor will he purify them (from their sins) and they will be severely tormented.” Rasulullah Salallhu Alaihi Wasallam repeated this statement thrice and on the inquiry of the companions as to who, he mentioned, “One whose lower garment trails (under his ankles), one who boasts of the kindness shown to others, and one who promotes sale of his goods by taking false oaths.” [Muslim-p17]


This Hadeeth sheds light on the three major sins which unfortunately are prevalent in the Muslim Ummah.

Rasulullah Salallahu alaihi Wasalam mentions in another hadith that ‘’Allah Talaa will not look with mercy at the person that trails his garment due to pride. [Muslim]


Every department has its own uniform which distinguishes one from the other. A policeman has a dress code which is recognized from a distance. A footballer has his own dress code and so has a police officer. In the same way, Allah Taala has specified a special dress code for his servants.



Consider the following ahadith that explain the dressing code of the Sahaba:

1. Salama bin Akwa Radiallah Anhu reports from his father that Uthman (Radiallahu Anhu) would keep his izaar till half way of his shin and he said this is how the izaar of Nabi Salallahu Alaihi Wasalam would be.(Shamail e Tirmizi pg.8)

2.Ali (Radiallahu Anhu) went to a clothing shop and enquired whether a "Sumbulani" kurta was available. He produced a kurta which  Ali (Radiallahu Anhu) tried on. The kurta reached till the middle of his calves. He checked to his right and left and commented that the length was suitable. Upon enquiring the price he was informed that it was four dirhams. He produced the money from his lungi hence completing the purchase.

(Hayatus Sahaba from Ahmed in the chapter of abstinence vol. 2 pg. 710)


In one narration it is reported that he purchased a kurta for three dirhams. The length was till the ankles while the sleeves reached up to the wrists. (Huyat u Sahaaba vol. 3 pg. 566)


In one narration it is reported that he had a kurta of thick material. The kurta was above the ankles and the sleeves where up to the fingers in such a manner that they concealed them.

(Tabaqaat vol. 3 pg. 186)

3. Muhammed Ibn Umair Rahmatullahi Alaihi says that he once saw Saalim (the son of Ibn Umar). His kurta was above his ankles. He says that he saw Ibn Umar Radiallahu Anhu wearing his kurta likewise. 


Written By: Ismail Dawoodjee

Student, Darul Iftaa



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