Not to imitate others in dressing

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Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:

Whoever imitates a Nation will be counted among them

This hadeeth is in Abu Dawud, Chapter of Clothing.

Can we state that since this Hadith was quoted by Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) in the Chapter of Clothing, we are required by the Sunnah to dress Islamically, so as to differentiate ourselves from the non Muslims?




Yes, undoubtedly so. That is a legitimate argument, since it is the habit of the Muhaddithun to use the titles of their chapters as an explanation of the Hadiths they quote.

Therefore, since Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) cited this Hadith in the chapter of Clothing, he is undoubtedly trying to prove that this refers to not imitating -among other things,- their dressing as well.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar


This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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