Monday, December 19, 2005

Isba'al - Pants Below the Ankles

It is narrated from Hadhrat Abu Zarr (Radhiallaahu Anhu) that Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'Three groups of people Allah will not talk to on the day of Qiyaamat nor will he look to them nor will he purify them and for them is severe punishment'. Hadhrat Abu Dharr (Radhiallaahu Anhu) says, 'Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said this three times. Hadhrat Abu Dharr (Radhiallaahu Anhu) said, 'May they be losers. Who are they O Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).' Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'He who wears his pants below his ankles. The one who talks of that good which he did for a person and that person who sells his goods with false oaths.' (Muslim)

In this Hadith, firstly, Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) speaks about those people who wear their pants below their ankles out of pride. This is a very grave sin. What could be worse than Allah Ta'ala not speaking to a person, not even looking at him and dooming him to a painful punishment.

Furthermore, it is narrated from Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Umar (Radhiallaahu Anhu). He says Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'That part below the ankles which is covered by the pants will be in the fire of hell. Nowadays, when you remind a person to raise his pants above his ankles. He says, 'The Hadith only mentions it in regards to those people who do it out of pride. This is quite a widespread misconception which is dealt with in the following Hadith: Sayyiduna Jaabir ibn Saleem (Radhiallaahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, 'Be careful with regards to dragging your clothes (below the ankles), for verily it is from the acts of pride.' (Sunan Abu Dawud)

Here, Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) explains to us that the act of letting the pants go below the ankles is in itself an act of pride. (See Fathul Baari vol.10 pg.210) And as for Salaat in this condition, Sayyiduna ibn Mas'ood (Radhiallaahu Anhu) is reported to have said that such a person is out of the protection of Allah Ta'ala. (Ibid) May Allah Ta'ala save us all, Aameen and

Allah Ta'ala Knows Best,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

1 comment:

darulifta said...

Assalam o Alaikum

Indeed there is Wa3eed regarding lowering pants and the punishment is truth.

In Hanafi Fiqh the ruling on lowering pants below ankles "without pride" is Makrooh Tanzihi.

Ulema of Deoband are very cautious in matters upon which Ahadith have stipulated some "warnings".Thus they have by way of caution given fatawa of Impermisibility of it so that the masses do not take it lightly.

One confusion upon these Ahadeeth is that they are mentioned with harsh warnings, as if they are very very grave. The answer for that is, that they indeed are grave. Imam Sufiyaan As Sauri opinion is that if any hadith is brought to us with a tone of harshness in it, then it is advisable that, that tone be kept prominent in its narration. Ulema of Deoband have adopted this opinion.

Hanafi opinion mentioned in (Fatawa Hindiyya, Naf` al-Mufti wa'l Sa'il of Allama Abd al-Hayy Lakhnawi, Umdat al-Qari of Allama `Ayni, Ibn Abidin al-Shami's Radd al-Muhtar, Ala' al-Din Abidin's Hadiyya al-Ala'iyya, Nahlawi's al-Durar al-Mubaha fi'l Hadhr wa'l Ibaha etc.)

Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi says in his Malfuzaat "Having said that, it is therefore undisputed by all that wearing the trousers below the ankle with pride is a major sin. And if worn without pride then too it is a major sin. (Alamgeri), except that should the trouser unintentionally drop below the ankle then there is no sin. This was the case of Hazrat Abu Baker (Radhiallahu Anhu)"...

After giving the Fiqhi ruling on it he later says..."At this point, it will suffice to say that our beloved Nabi (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) has presented a certain code of conduct (which forms part of the Sunnah) and should we claim to love Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) then follow his way - the only way for our salvation in this world and the hereafter."

- Abuhajira