Muslims are supposed to walk with their heads lowered. Trying to adhere to said Sunnah leads one to take notice of three particular details; the floor (Tsk, they just don’t shine it like they used to anymore), your shoes (Please stop it with the crocs. Please) and the length of your pants. The last one might seem weird but I’ve got three brothers and I grew up to my mum exclaiming “Rings of Fire” every time their pants slipped below their ankles.
I know, another post relating to men, another responsibility for the women to undertake. Hey, all in a day’s work! Alhamdulillah, there are voluminous pictures reminding us about Hijab, but not enough about the aforementioned matters.
Nabi (S.A.W) said: “Isbaal (wearing one’s garment below the ankles) may apply to the Izaar (Pants), the Kurta or the Turban. Whoever allows any part of these to trail on the ground out of arrogance, Allah will not look at him on the Day of Judgement.” (Abu Dawud).
Nabi (S.A.W) said: “There are three whom Allah will not look at or praise on the Day of Judgement and theirs will be a painful punishment; the one who wears his garment below his ankles, the one who reminds others of his favours, and the one who sells his product by means of making false oaths” (Muslim, no. 106)
Jaabir ibn Sulaym (R.A) said: “Nabi (S.A.W) said to me: ‘Beware of wearing one’s lower garment below the ankles, because this is a kind of showing-off, and Allah does not love showing-off.’” (Al-Tirmidhi, no. 2722).
There is a Hadith which states that Nabi (S.A.W) said: “Whoever trails his garment on the ground out of pride, Allah will not look at him on the Day of Resurrection.” Abu Bakr (R.A) asked, “Oh Messenger of Allah (S.A.W), my Izaar slips down if I do not pay attention to it.” He (S.A.W) said: “You are not one of those who do it out of pride.” (Al-Bukhaari, no. 5784)
Imaam Ahmad reported that Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Ya’qoob said: “I asked Abu Sa’eed: ‘Did you hear anything from the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) concerning the Izaar?’ he said, ‘Yes, listen! ‘The Izaar of the believer should come to mid-calf, although there is nothing wrong if it comes between there and the ankles, but whatever is lower than the ankles is in the Fire,’ and He (S.A.W) said it three times.”
Ibn ‘Umar narrates: “I passed by the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W), and my Izaar had slipped down. He said, ‘Oh Abdullah, pull up your Izaar!’ so I pulled it up. He (S.A.W) said, ‘More!’ so I pulled it up more, and always made sure it was pulled up properly after that.” Some people asked, “To where did you pull it up?” He said, “To mid-calf length.” (Muslim)
The issue of Isbaal applies to women just as much as it applies to men. This is indicated by the Hadith of Ibn ‘Umar (R.A) who said: “The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said: ‘Whoever trails his garment on the ground out of pride, Allah will not look at him.’ Umm Salamah (R.A) inquired: ‘Oh Messenger of Allah (S.A.W), what should women do with their hems?’ He (S.A.W) answered, ‘Let them go down a hand-span.’ She further asked, ‘What if their feet show?’ He (S.A.W) replied, ‘Let them lengthen it by a cubit, but no more.’”
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,