Wednesday, October 26, 2011

He wants to wear the Arabic thawb in a non-Muslim country


my question is concerning the permissibility of wearing a thawb in public every day in a Western country (Canada). Does wearing a thawb in such circumstances come under the heading of libaas ush-shuhrah? The thawb is something that is foreign to the non-muslims here, but I myself personally love the thawb more than the western clothes like pants and jeans and the likes. Not only that, but I also like the fact that it covers the 'awrah more properly than these western clothes. So would there be any sin of arrogance on me if I were to wear a thawb every day to school in a country where it's considered to strange or foreign to wear such clothes? Is this the same thing as wearing garments of fame and vanity?

I've read the other fatwas concerning this matter but I couldn't find anything related to the permissibility of wearing a thawb in situations like this.

Praise be to Allaah.

What is prescribed is for the Muslim to wear the customary
clothing of the people of the country in which he is living, so that he
will not stand out among them in ways that may harm him or attract
backbiting about him, so long as that clothing does not include anything
that is contrary to sharee‘ah. 

For more information please see the answer to questions no.
108255 and

So long as the Arabic thawb is regarded as foreign or strange
in a country and is not acceptable, it is better for you to wear what is
customary for the people in your country, whilst making sure that the pants
are loose and do not show the shape of the ‘awrah. 

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him)

If a Muslim is in a non-Muslim land that is hostile towards
the Muslims, or a non-Muslim land that is not hostile, he is not enjoined to
differ from them in his outward appearance, because of the harmful
consequences that may result from that. 

Rather it may be mustahabb or obligatory for a man to be
similar to them in his outward appearance sometimes, if there is a religious
interest to be served by that, such as calling them to Islam and other good

But in Muslim lands where Allah has caused His religion to
prevail and has caused the disbelievers to come under Muslim rule and pay
the jizyah, it is prescribed to be different from (the disbelievers in

End quote from Iqtida’ al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem,

And Allah knows best.

Following note from Learning Quran online Blog 


Learn holy Quran online which it self states in it that only those who are learn quran and pure should touch the holy text: This is indeed a Quran in Arabic in a book well-guarded, which none shall touch but those who are clean (56:77-79).  One should make formal ablutions before handling or Quran reading and this the quran tutor should tell in his quran teaching when quran for kids lessons are going on. After intercourse or menstrual bleeding one should not touch the holy Quran or do quran recitation and also not do quran memorization until after bathing non-Muslim should not handle the sacred text, but may listen to Quran online or read quran translation or exegesis. With all these things in mind when one is not reading or reciting holy Quran it should be closed and stored in nice and clean place, it should never be placed on floor or in a bathroom and Muslim should focus on reading quran the tajweed quran and its rules with a proper institute.

End of the note by holy Quran reciter

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