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His parents are insisting that he makes his clothes long (isbaal)

Question: 10534

I have heard and read a lot of hadeeth on wearing pants above the ankle. i do stick to this sunnah but what if your parents do not want you to do that.they get very angry at me and since that is also a very big sin (making parents angry) i get confused.Please tell me what decision should i take and keep in mind that later on when i inshallah do a job this dress up could affect my job oppurtunities as well.Also tell me when i should be listening to parents or following a sunnah because i find myself in similiar circumstances all the time. 

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family.

Firstly: 

Isbaal
means letting the clothes hang down below the ankles, which is haraam,
because the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whatever of the izaar
(lower garment) hangs down below the ankles is in the Fire.” (Narrated
by al-Bukhaari, 5787)

If
someone were to say, “I do not let my garment (or pants) hang down below
the ankle out of pride, but because of habit or custom,”

Our
response is:

That
isbaal (letting the clothes hang down below the ankle) in and of itself
is subject to the punishment of Fire. If pride and showing off are added
to that isbaal, then the punishment is worse and more severe. The Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah
be upon him) said: “Isbaal may apply to the lower garment, shirt or
turban. Whoever lets any part of them hang down in order to show off,
Allaah will not look at him on the Day of Resurrection.” (Narrated by
Abu Dawood, 4085, and al-Nasaa’i, 5334, with a saheeh isnaad).

Secondly:

If
you know the ruling on isbaal and that it is haraam, then you and every
Muslim must keep away from haraam things, especially major sins. It
is not permissible to do something haraam in order to please people,
not even one of your parents, because the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There is no obedience
in disobeying Allaah; obedience is only with regard to what is right
and proper.” (Narrated by al-Nasaa’i and Abu Dawood, and classed as
saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Nasaa’i, no. 3921; al-Silsilah
al-Saheehah, 181). Remember what the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever seeks to
please Allaah by angering people, Allaah will suffice to protect him
from people, but whoever seeks to please people by angering Allaah,
Allaah will abandon him to the people.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi in
Kitaab al-Zuhd, no. 2338).

With
regard to your fear that you may lose your job, know that provision
is in the hand of Allaah and no soul will die until it has received
all its allotted provision. 

Remember
the words of Allaah (interpretation of the meaning): 

“And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps
his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).

And
He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever
puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allaah will
accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allaah has set a measure for all things”

[al-Talaaq
65:2-3]

This
fear does not allow you to commit a sin. 

If
someone were to ask, if I am forced to do something that is haraam,
am I allowed to do it?

The
answer is:

You
have to make sure that one really is being forced. If the matter reaches
the level of compulsion, and a person is compelled to do something,
then it is permitted for him to do whatever he is forced to do out of
necessity.

For
example, if a father tells his son that if he makes his clothes come
above the ankle, he will kick him out of the house, and the son cannot
find anywhere else to live, and he is certain or thinks it most likely
that his father will carry out his threat, then he is permitted to make
his clothes longer until Allaah gives him a way out. 

Thirdly: 

With
regard to your saying, “I do stick to this sunnah”, you should note
that making the clothes above the ankle is obligatory, it is not only
Sunnah. The Sunnah is to make the izaar (lower garment) come
to mid-calf, and this Sunnah is optional. If a person wishes, he may
do it, and if he wishes, he may not do it. Sunnah, according to the
definition of the scholars, is “That for which the one who does it will
be rewarded and the one who does not do it will not be punished.” 

Note
that what is to be worn at mid-calf length is the izaar (lower
garment). The thobe (galabiyah) is not to be worn in this
manner; rather the Sunnah in the case of the thobe is to wear
it below mid-calf and above the ankles. The same applies to pants, which
should be worn above the ankle because the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The ankles have no
right to the izaar.” (Narrated by al-Nasaa’i in Kitaab al-Zeenah,
no. 3529; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Sunan al-Nasaa’i,
no. 4922) 

And
Allaah knows best.

Source

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

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