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17 December 2017 CE | 28 Rabbi al-Awwal 1439 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Rich Dressing Simply


The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah will adorn that man with the dress of honour and nobility who, in spite of possessing means and power, observes simplicity in dress out of humility and obedience to Allah.” [Abu Dawud]

Prior to colonization most Muslims while well-off lived more humbly than they do today. Even well-to-do people found it sufficient to make only two new outfits a year, which they would on Eid. Display was irrelevant to the “standard-of-living.”

When the education system of Muslim populated lands was revamped, the recognition of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), His recommended code of conduct, and Islamic values and processes, ceased to be taught to the masses. Thus, later generations took the simplicity of their forefathers’ way of life as an oddity. They didn’t have the evidence from the Quran and hadith to resist the onslaught of materialism. So now we have extravagance and waste in everything from clothes, shoes, and hair accessories to food, linen, crockery, furnishings, and outings.

O Allah! Make us care only about being dressed by You in honour and nobility and may we cease to care about the changing fashions and standards of the world.

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