Q. What is the law concerning wearing the tie that men wear?
A. Each religious group has its own attire and way of dress. Wearing the tie has never been a part of the dress of the Muslims from the early times until today. Instead, from its very inception and onwards, it has been viewed and understood as the culture and fashion of those who were not Muslims (whether they were from among religious groups or non-religious ones). Understanding it to be a fashion/ style, and a part of the dress of those who are not Muslims, we (as Muslims) have been discouraged from adopting such fashions. Hence, many scholars have stated that wearing the tie is not free from reprehensibleness (karahiya), (that is, it will be Makrooh to wear it since it is adopting the ‘way’ of others – (non Muslims). (Fatawa Mahmoodiya Vol. 12 Pg. 407, Kitabul Fatawa Vol. 6 Pg. 96).
Some scholars have further elaborated on this by saying that it will not be haram and impermissible to wear the tie, if one is in a situation where he must wear it. Silk ties are however totally haram.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Waseem Khan