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Ruling on Wearing Tight Clothes

Nowadays, is it permissible for young Muslim men to wear skinny jeans, which is also worn by young Muslim women?


All perfect praise be to Allah the Lord of the Worlds. May Allah`s peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Mohammad and upon all his family and companions.

In principle, all clothes are permissible unless there is a clear text that says they are impermissible (Haram). Scholars stated that it is permissible to wear the pants that are thick, non-tight, non-outlining, and non-defining of the Awrah (What should be covered of the body). Whereas, it is reprehensible to wear pants that outline and define the Awrah. Jarir Bin Abdullah said: "The man who wears clothes that outline and define his Awrah is as good as naked." {Related by Tabarani in Al-Mo`jam Al-Kabeer, V.2:292}.

As for young Muslim women, it is customary that they wear pants under their Jilbab.

We (Iftaa` Department) advise young Muslim women to wear the Islamic dress that isn`t tight and doesn`t outline or define the body. This is attested to in the Hadith narrated by Usamah Ibn Zaid (May Allah be pleased with him) who said: "The Prophet (PBUH) gifted me thin garment made in Egypt, so I gave it to my wife. One day, he asked me: "Why aren`t you wearing that Egyptian garment?" I replied, " O! Messenger of Allah, I have given it to my wife." He said, "Ask her to wear an undergarment because I fear that it could define and outline her body." {Related by Ahmad in his Musnad,36/120}. And Allah the Almighty knows best.

This answer was collected from the official government Iftaa Department of Jordan.

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