Hadith 24: Clothing

On the authority of Abu Dharr al-Ghifaari, may Allah be pleased with him, from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), from among the sayings he relates from His Lord (may He be glorified) that He said, “O My servants, I have forbidden wrongdoing for Myself and I have made it forbidden for you. Therefore, do not wrong one another. O My servants, all of you are lost except those whom I have guided. Therefore, seek guidance from Me and I will guide you. O My servants, all of you are hungry except those whom I have fed. Therefore, seek food from Me and I will feed you. O My servants, all of you are naked except those whom I have clothed. Therefore seek clothing from Me and I will clothe you. O My servants, you sin by day and by night, and I forgive all sins. Therefore seek forgiveness from Me and I will forgive you. O My servants, you will not be able to harm Me so as to bring any harm to Me and you will be able to benefit Me so as to bring any benefit to Me. O My servants, if the first and the last of you and the human and the jinn of you were as pious as the most pious heart of anyone among you, it would not add anything to My dominion. O My servants, if the first and the last of you and the human and the jinn of you were as wicked as the most wicked heart of anyone among you it would not decrease anything from My dominion. O My servants, if the first and the last of you and the human and the jinn of you were to gather together on [the same sector] of land and all asked Me and if I were to give everyone of them what he asked, that would not decrease what I have any more than a needle decreases what is in the ocean when it is put into it. O My servants, it is but your deeds that I reckon for you. Then I recompense you for them. The one who finds good is to give praises to Allah. The one who finds other than that should not blame anyone but himself.” (Recorded in Muslim)

“O My servants, all of you are naked except those whom I have clothed. Therefore seek clothing from Me and I will clothe you.”

When we emerge from the wombs of our mothers, we are completely naked and vulnerable. Allah (swt) in His mercy, provides us with food to sustain us, shelter, people to care for us, and clothing to cover our bodies.

Many people overlook the supreme blessing that is clothing, our outer garments. Clothing protects us from the elements and the weather, covers our private parts, and finally is an adornment for us. In this day and age when there is so much emphasis on clothing as an adornment, we have lost sight of its other qualities. Most tragically, we have lost sight of clothing as a blessing from Allah (swt). Allah (swt) says:

“O Children of Adam! We have bestowed clothing upon you to cover yourselves and as an adornment. And the covering of taqwa (righteousness), that is better. Such are among the signs of Allah, that they may remember” (Surah al-Araaf:26)

Ibn Uthaimeen states that seeking clothing from Allah (swt) should be done in the same way as seeking food from Allah (swt), both through statement and action. We should make dua to Allah (swt) to provide us with clothing, and we should follow this with the actions needed to secure or make clothing, reminding ourselves that it is only Allah (swt) who provides.

SubhaanAllah, the blessing of clothing and how much we take it for granted. Clothes, clothes, clothes, clothes. We have SO many clothes! Our wardrobes are stuffed so full that we barely know what it means to wear anything out any more.

Where clothing used to be valued for its ability to protect one from the elements, it has now become a vehicle for the displaying of beauty. As Muslims, we need to be very aware of these issues when considering how we use the blessings that Allah (swt) has provided us with in the form of clothing. Is our clothing drawing us closer to Allah (swt) by protecting our modesty? Are we beautifying ourselves only for those who are permissible to us? When we are called to account for our wealth and how we spent it, will we be able to justify the amount of clothing we own? Let’s consider clothing and our purchasing of it, the intention with which we wear it, and the source from which it came.

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