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9 Ways on How to Dress Up for Men According to Islam

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Judging a person only from his outward appearance is unfair because someone’s appearance does not always determine the personality and the quality of his faith (see also how to improve faith in Islam).


However, it cannot be denied that the appearance is the first thing that we can study and analyze about the personality and faith of someone. How closed and open someone’s clothes, how neat and not someone’s clothes, it can be one  of factors to determines the personality of that person.

Islam arranges a procedure about dress up for men or women, because it is not only women who have aurat but men have also it. Men have an obligation as Muslim to take care their selves and their aurat from the view of others. This has stated clearly in Quran Surah Al-A’raf verse 26 which means :

“O children of Adam, We have bestowed upon you clothing to conceal your private parts and as adornment. But the clothing of righteousness – that s best. That is from the signs of Allah that perhaps they will remember.” (Q.S Al-A’raf : 26)

For that, this article will explore how to dress up for men according to Islam.

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  1. Obligate to Close Aurat

At the beginning, it has been explained that human both men or women have aurat, they obligate to close their aurat with using cover or clothes. Aurat that is not closed and taken care well will cause damages and sins for their selves or others.

In Islam, the aurat of men is parts of body from knee to navel. But if he is with a woman, he should cover his abdomen up to his neck or he can use a long sleeved or short sleeved. He must do it because if that part is exposed and seen by a woman, it can cause a slander and sin for both of them.

Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said,

Do not a man see the aurat of other men…. “ (Narrated by Muslim)

  1. Avoid Syuhrah Clothing (Sensational)

Syuhrah clothing is a cloth tha can invite the attention of many people because it has unusual type or shape, such as too fancy, too different or too shabby and tattered that the intention is deliberate to be famous and reap a sensation among society or an event.

The Messenger of Allah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said :

“Whoever wears syuhrah clothing, then Allah will dress him with the same cloth on the Day of Judgment. Then, in that cloth will be lit the fire of Hell.” (Narrated by Abu Dawud and Ibn Majah)

  1. Wear Simple Clothes

Wearing luxurious and too expensive clothes is one of wastage and it can cause many negative slanders such as making others insecure even jealous, causing pride, showing off and takabur to themselves. Of course, it is very forbidden in Islam. See also how to cure arrogance in Islam.

Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said :

“Whoever leaves a cloth with the intention of tawadhu for Allah SWT, while he is able to wear it, the Allah will call him on the Day of Judgment in front of all beings, then he is commanded to choose faith jewelry that he wishes to wear.” (Narrated by Ahmad and Tirmidzi) 

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  1. Wear White Clothes

Islam does not limit the selection of colors in dress, but white is said to be better than other colors if it is used for worship such as hajj, prayers and others.

Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said :

“Wear white clothes, because white clothes is holier and better. Wear shroud to your body with a white cloth.” (Narrated by Ahmad and an-Nasaa’i)

  1. Avoid Clothes that are too long (Isbal)

Isbal is a cloth that its length passes the ankle of human. In Islam, men are not allowed to use clothes that the length pass their ankle. Many hadith narrated this prohibition, start from hadith that is narrated by Ibn Abbas, Ibn Umar, Ibn Mas’ud, Abu Huraira, Anas, Abu Dzar and many more.

The Prophet Muhammad shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said absolutely :

“Sarong that is propped under his ankle, his place is in the Hell.” (Narrated by Bukhari)

Besides that, he explained in the next hadith which means :

“Three kinds of people who on the Day of Judgment , Allah SWT will not talk to them, do not see them, do not purify them and for them a painful punishment.” Then he continued, “musbil is a person (isbal), mannaan (the person who reopen the gift), and the person who make his merchandise best seller with a perjury.” (Narrated by Abu Dawud)

The prohibition of Isbal clothes is not without reason, it is said that Isbal is haram and a big sin especially if it is followed by pride. About this matter, the Prophet Mohammad shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said :

“Be careful from Isbal, because indeed Isbal is a pride.” (Narrated by Ahmad and Abu Dawud, see Saheeh Abi Dawud)

The right usage of clothes (sarong or pants) for Muslim men is according to sunnah from the Prophet Muhammad shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam. It is around calves as it has narrated in the hadith that ‘Utsman bin ‘Affan radhiyallahu ‘anhu said :

“Sarong of the Prohet Muhammad shallallhu ‘alaihi wa sallam is up  in the middle of his calves.” (Narrated by Tirmidzi)

Then Ibn Umar radhiyallahu ‘anhuma said,

“Sarong of a believer is up in the middle of his calves.” (Narrated by Muslim)

Even the Messenger of Allah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam also gave his words related to this matter :

“The sarong of a believer is a little above the middle of his calves, then to the middle of calves, then up to the two ankles. So whoever is under his ankles, the he is in the Hell.” (Narrated by Ahmad and Abu ‘Awwaanah)

  1. Prefer the right parts of body

Islam advises to start everything with using the right hand especially for the noble business.

Imam an-Nawawi rahimahullah said :

“The principle of shariah is sunnah to start with right in all business that related with glory and beauty.” (Syarh Muslim)

See also : How to gain beauty in Islam

  1. Avoid Silk and Gold Clothes

Gold and silk clothes are two beautiful things and they are usually used by women. But Muslim men are not allowed to use them.

Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said :

“Gold and silk are halal for women from my people, and they are haram for men.” (Narrated by Ahmad and Nasaa’i, see Shahiihul Jaami’ : 209)

See also : The law of women wearing white gold in Islam

  1. Avoid clothes that imitate Unbelievers

Besides wearing halal, neat and clean clothes, the important thing that must be remembered that a Muslim is not allowed to wear clothes that imitate unbelievers. Muslim’s clothes must fit and also reflect the religion of Islam.

Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said :

“Whoever imitates a people, then he is including their group.” (Narrated by Abu Dawud)

  1. Do not wear clothes that imitate women

This has been clearly and firmly narrated in many hadith, that a Muslim man is not allowed to wear a dress or appearance that imitates a woman, and vice versa.

Rasulullah shallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said :

“Allah cursed women who imitate men, and men who imitate women.” (Narrated by Bukhari)

Thus the discussion of articles about how to dress up for men according to Islam. Hopefully this article can add our faith. Amen.

See also : Law of sleep without cloth in Islam

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