Is sewing and knitting a Sunnah of the Prophets

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

I heard a group of people talking a while ago about knitting, or something similar – textile related. They were saying that it was sunna of one of the prophets -as-. Is this true? If so, can you give one or two references to quran and sunna, so I can read for myself. jazakalllah hayr. will be very much appreciated.


In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu

Nabi Idrees Alayhis Salaam was the first person to weave clothing.[1]

Hisham bin Urwah mentions that a person asked Ummul Mu’meneen Sayyiduna Aisha Radiyallahu Anha what were the actions of Nabi Sallalahu Alayhi Wassallam in his house. She said he would sew or mend his clothing and repair his shoes.[2]

We understand from the above that sewing or mending clothes will fall under the Sunnah of the Ambiyaa Alayhis Salaam.

And Allah Ta’ala knows best
Mufti Luqman Hansrot
Fatwa Dept.

أول من خاط الثياب : إدريس عليه السلام

(الوسائل إلى معرفة الأوائل,دار المكتبة الحياة,ص85)

أول من خاط الثياب ولبسها : إدريس

(الأوائل,دار الكتب العلمية,ص305)

[2] هشام بن عروة عن رجل قال سألت عائشة ما كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يصنع في بيته قالت كان يرقع الثوب ويخصف النعل أو نحو هذا

(مسند الإمام أحمد بن حنبل,دار الحديث,ص121,ج18, 25926)