On the length of the shirt, sleeve, and wrapper, and the end of the turban

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

119. Chapter: On the length of the shirt, sleeve, and wrapper, and the end of the turban, and the prohibition against letting any of that hang down out of arrogance, and the dislike of it when it is without arrogance

790. Asma' bint Yazid said, "The sleeve of the shirt of the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, reached the wrist." [Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi]

791. Ibn 'Umar reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "On the Day of Rising Allah will not look anyone who drags his garment out of arrogance." Abu Bakr said, "My wrapper drags if I do not pay attention to it." The Messenger of Allah said to him, "You are not one of those who do it out of pride." [al-Bukhari]

792. Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "On the Day of Rising Allah will not look at anyone who dragged his wrapper out of arrogance." [Agreed upon]

793. Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Any of a waist-wrapper which comes below the ankles is in the Fire." [al-Bukhari]

794. Abu Dharr reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "There are three people that Allah will not speak to nor look at nor purify on the Day of Rising, and they will have a painful punishment." Abu Dharr said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said it three times." Abu Dharr said, "They are ruined and have lost! Who are they, Messenger of Allah?" He said, "Someone who lets his garment hang down out of pride, someone who makes people indebted to him through doing them favours and someone who tries to sell his goods by making false oaths." [Muslim]

One variant of Muslim has, "Lets his wrapper hang down."

795. Ibn 'Umar reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "As for dragging the waist-wrapper, shirt or turban, on the Day of Rising Allah will not look at anyone who drags something out of arrogance." [Abu Dawud and an-Nasa'i]

796. Abu Jurayy Jabir ibn Sulaym said, "I saw a man whose opinion people consulted, and he did not say anything without them taking his opinion. I said, 'Who is this?' They said, 'The Messenger of Allah.' I said, 'On you be peace, Messenger of Allah,' twice. He said, 'Do not say, "On you be peace." "On you be peace" is the greeting to the dead. Say, "Peace be upon you."'" He said, "I said, 'You are the Messenger of Allah?' He said, 'I am the Messenger of Allah. If harm befalls you, my supplication will remove it from you. If a year of drought afflicts you, my supplication will make things grow for you. When you are in an empty land or wilderness and lose your mount, my supplication will return it to you.'" He said, 'I said, 'Advise me.' He said, 'Do not abuse anyone. (He said, "After that I abused neither free man or slave, nor a camel or a sheep.") Do not disdain any act of kindness. And speaking to your brother with a cheerful face is part of being kind. Raise your waist-wrapper to the middle of your calves. If you refuse, then to the ankles, but beware of dragging the wrapper. It is part of arrogance and Allah does not love arrogance. If a man insults you and criticises you for what he knows about you, do not criticise him for what you know concerning him. The bad effects of that are suffered by him.'" [Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi]

797. Abu Hurayra said, "Once while a man was praying with his wrapper hanging down, the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to him, 'Go and do wudu'. He went and did wudu' and then came and he said again, 'Go and do wudu'. A man said to him, 'Messenger of Allah, why did you command him to do wudu' and then ignore his doing it?' He said, 'He was praying with his wrapper hanging down. Allah does not accept the prayer of a man who has it hanging down." [Abu Dawud]

798. Qays ibn Bishr at-Taghlibi said, "My father, who used to sit with Abu'd-Darda', reported to me, 'There was one of the Companions of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, in Damascus called Sahl ibn al-Hanzaliyya. He was a man who liked to be alone and he rarely sat with other people. They would pray and when the prayer was finished, he would do glorification and takbir until he returned to his family. He passed by us once when we were with Abu'd-Darda'. Abu'd-Darda' said to him, "A word will benefit us and not harm you." He said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, sent out an expedition and it returned. One of the men from it came and sat in the group in which the Messenger of Allah was sitting. The man said to his neighbour, 'If only you had seen us when we met the enemy! So-and-so attacked and stabbed and said, "Take this from me. I am the Ghifari lad." What do you think of his words?' He said, 'I only think that his reward is negated.' Another heard it and said, 'I do not see any harm in that.' They quarrelled until the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, heard and said, 'Glory be to Allah! There is nothing wrong with being both rewarded and also given praise.'" I saw Abu'd-Darda' delighted by that and he lifted his head to him and said, "You really heard that from the Messenger of Allah?" He said, "Yes." He continued saying that to him until I said, "He will end up on his knees.'"

"'He said, 'He passed by us another day and Abu'd-Darda' said to him, "A word will benefit us and not harm you." He said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to us, 'Anyone who spends to look after horses is like someone who holds out his hand to give sadaqa and never withdraws it.'"

"'Then he passed by us another day and Abu'd-Darda' said to him, "A word will benefit us and not harm you." He said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, 'What an excellent man is Khuraym al-Asadi if only it had not been for the length of his hair and the dragging of his wrapper!' That reached Khuraym and he hastened to get hold of a knife and cut his hair to ear length and raised his waist-wrapper to the middle of his calves."

"'Then he passed by us another day and Abu'd-Darda' said to him, "A word will benefit us and not harm you." He said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, 'You will come to your brothers, so groom your mounts and tidy your clothes until you are like a beauty spot among the people. Allah does not like unseemliness or someone being unseemly.'"'" [Abu Dawud]

799. Abu Sa'id al-Khudri reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The waist-wrapper of a Muslim should reach his mid-calves, and there is no harm - i.e. there is nothing wrong - in what is between that and the ankles. Anything lower than the ankles is in the Fire. Allah will not look at anyone who drags his wrapper out of pride." [Abu Dawud]

800. Ibn 'Umar said, "I passed by the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, with my wrapper hanging down somewhat. He said, 'Abu 'Abdullah, lift up your wrapper.' I lifted it up and then he said, 'More.' So I raised it more and I have continued to be careful about it ever since. Some of the people said, 'Up to where?' He said, 'To the middle of the calves.'" [Muslim]

801. Ibn 'Umar reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "On the Day of Rising Allah will not look at anyone who drags his garment out of arrogance." Umm Salama said, "What should women do with their hems?" He said, "Let them down a handspan." She said, "Then their feet will show." He said, "Then let them down a forearm's length but no more." [Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi]