Hanafi Fiqh

Sunnah Clothing

What exactly is the meaning of dressing according to the Sunnah? Some people say that ‘Abaya, ‘Amaama etc. are “culture” or “custom” and not “Sunnah” because the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم used to dress according to the custom of his land. Therefore can a person dress according to the custom of his land instead of wearing the “sunnah” clothing?

Also, I wanted to ask wether or not it is Sunna to wear a Shawl because in numerous Ahadith it is reported that the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم wore “Ridaa” which is translated as Shawl and Izaar. And if yes how should this Shawl be? Can it be any Shawl including those commonly wore in places like Yemen?

Jazakumullahu Khairan

Hanafi Fiqh


I am aware that according to the majority of scholars, they would see it as prohibited (Shafi’i and Maliki schools).
Alhamdulillah I don’t do it, but I would just like to know the ruling.
I am not exactly aware of the Hanafi position on it although I believe that according to our school it would be allowed under certain conditions but otherwise unlawful. Please tell me the position of the Hanafi School.
I have read on wikipedia that apparently Ibn Nujaym رحمهم الله wrote that it is Makruh (not Haram) and that this is the opinion in Fataawaa Al Walwaaljiyya.
Also, there’s an opinion in the Hanbali school allowing it and similarly Ibn Hazm and ‘Allama Shawkaani رحمهم الله did not believe it to be prohibited. And Allah سبحانه و تعالى knows best.
I came across a number of Ahadith in Musannaf Abd al Razzaq indicating to the permissibility of it:
‘Ata Ibn Abi Rabah disliked it. Ibn ‘Abbas said it was better to marry a slave girl but it was better than Zina. Jabir bin Zaid saw it as permissible and a similar view is also narrated from Ibn Abbas. Mujahid said more or less that those who came before us used to COMMAND their Shabab to do it, by doing this they abstain from Zina. It is narrated that Al Hasan Al Basri gave Rukhsa in it. ‘Amr ibn Dinar said that he doesn’t see a problem with it.
(Musannaf Abd al Razzaq 14386, 14388-14396)

I await your answer
Jazakumullahu Khairan
Wassalamu ‘Alaikum

Hanafi Fiqh

Sunnah dress

Assalamu ‘Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh
I would like to know regarding the Islamic understanding of “Sunnah dress”. Some argue that wearing Shalwar Kamees, ‘Abaya, Topi etc. is not Sunnah but culture.
They say the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم dressed according to the custom of his people, so therefore we may dress according to the custom of our people (provided it fulfills the requirements of Shari’a like covering ‘Awrah). Would it then be considered “Sunnah” to dress according to the custom? For example, one may argue that it was the custom of the Arabs to wear Topi, turban, etc. and the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم dressed according to the custom of his land and therefore wearing turban etc. is culture, not sunnah.

Also, would it be considered Sunnah to wear a Shawl because the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم wore a shawl? And if this is the case then how should the Shawl be?

Hanafi Fiqh

Stunned meat

Salaam wr

I wanted to know whether stunned meet is classed as halal. In particular I wanted to know whether it is halal to eat at Nandos who are certified by Freemans as halal. They say they stun their meat at high voltage to ensure it does not die but is unconscious and have been approved by the Islamic Council of jurisprudence. I know scholars are divided on the opinion however have heard many are now accepting stunned meat. What would be your advice?

Jzk khair

Hanafi Fiqh

Inappropriate clothing whilst attending Masjid


Dear Mufti Sahb,

I am writing this istiftaa to recieve clarification and advice on a matter which has been the cause of much turmoil in our Masjid and in our community.

For the last several years, an elderly person in our Masjid has been insisting that all attendees must wear a hat, long sleeves and trousers other than jeans. On many occasions when an attendee (regardless of whether he is local or a visitor) has worn clothes contrary to the above, the person in question has started shouting, harassing and sometimes even threatening and using abusive language.

We only have a handful of people who attend Masjid regularly, we live in a multi cultural and multi national society and many attendees who take their religious guidance from Islam qanda etc do not agree that there is any karahat in offerimg salah wearing a T-shirt, jeans or bare-headed.

In light of the above I would like to ask you the following questions.

a) Is it allowed for a U.K Masjid to make a rule that people who are wearing Jeans cannot attend salaah?

b) Is it allowed for a U.K Masjid to make a rule that people who are not wearing a topi cannot join prayer in Masjid?

c) Is it allowed for a Masjid in the U.K to make a rule that a Person wearing a T-shirt cannot attend salah?

d) Can a person who does not have this correct sunnah attire give Iqamah in the Masjid?

e) what is your opinion about a brother using this as justification to harass and loudly embarrass attendees to the Masjid?

I thank you in advance for your help and assistance in this matter.

Bearing in mind the sensitivity of this issue, a quick response would be highly appreciated.

Jazakallah Mufti Sahb.

May Allah protect you, continue to take the effort of Ilm and deen from you and may your shadow shade the ummah for a long time to come. (Ameen)