Ruling on wearing the ‘Imaamah & some advice on being distinct from the disbelievers

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Ruling on wearing the ‘Imaamah & some advice on being distinct from the disbelievers▪️

? Question:

Is it Sunnah to wear the ‘Imaamah (turban)?

? Answer:

Wearing the ‘Imaamah is from the guidance of the Prophet ﷺ. It was worn by the prophet ﷺ as well as the Companions – may Allaah be pleased with them all -. And though the ‘Arabs used to wear it long before, the Prophet ﷺ also wore it. So whoever seeks to imitate the prophet ﷺ by wearing the ‘Imaamah will be rewarded for it, and whoever leaves it off, has left off something which the Prophet ﷺ used to do, and this is inappropriate because Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, said:

{لَّقَدۡ كَانَ لَكُمۡ فِی رَسُولِ ٱللَّهِ أُسۡوَةٌ حَسَنَةࣱ}

“You have, in the Messenger of Allaah, the best of example.”

[Surat Al-Ahzab 21]

Therefore, it’s inappropriate for one to abstain from wearing the ‘Imaamah. The ‘Arabs used to wear the ‘Imaamah before, as well as after Islaam, and this was also the guidance of our Prophet ﷺ, so one should not abstain from wearing it. What’s more, It is a beautiful sight to see a man wearing the ‘Imaamah.

And as far as the widespread custom of leaving the head uncovered, then this is not a good practice. Even though it doesn’t reach being a sin, people should really and truly be discouraged from this. It should be said to them, ‘Why don’t you do as your prophet ﷺ did?’ The Prophet ﷺ has more right to be followed, and he is more deserving of being imitated and taken as a role model.

Furthermore, many of the youth give great concern to the upkeep of their hair; they comb and have it cut using unlawful haircuts which resemble the enemies of Islaam. We feel deep regret at what’s taking place with many of the youth in terms of messing with their hair and resembling the enemies of Islaam and the disbelievers; such as the style of Qaza’ which many fall into; and this hair cut (shaving parts of the head and leaving other parts) is something which the prophet ﷺ forbade.

SubhanAllaah! Now you see things that you would have never imagined a few years ago. Things that you would have never expected to occur are now occurring. The Prophet ﷺ was certainly truthful when he said:

لتتبعن سنن من كان قبلكم شبراً بشبر وذراعاً بذراع حتى لو دخلوا جحر ضبٍ لدخلتموه

‘You will follow the ways of those nations who were before you, span by span and cubit by cubit (i.e., inch by inch) so much so that even if they entered a lizard’s hole, you would follow right behind’

They imitate these styles which look ugly and unattractive, and even though they disfigure the heads and appearances, he thinks he looks like a king; he feels there’s no one like him. But people’s taste and judgements have become savor.

So it’s incumbent that people stay away from resembling their enemies.

The Prophet’s saying ﷺ, ‘Whoever imitates a people is one of them’, narrated by Abu Dawood and Ahmad, indicates that whoever imitates them in matters of Kufr (disbelief) falls into Kufr. If he imitates them in other matters (less than Kufr), then this is sinful, and if one imitates the disbelievers, believing that their way is better than the guidance of our Prophet ﷺ, this is also Kufr; this one is deemed a Kaafir due to his love for the disbelievers – not because of his actions; this veneration is what removes him from the fold of Islaam; his veneration for their religion and love for them, this is kufr.


Translated by:

Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba-‘Alawi

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