Q: I debated with a Muslim brother concerning
the length of garments
Muslims should wear. Is it better for us nowadays to wear a garment up to the mid-calf? The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
"The lower garment of a Muslim should be to his mid-calf."
Is it better to wear the garment that nearly reaches the ankles to avoid people's ridicule and disapproval? People may even be turned off from religion because of our shortening garments. My brother said that the Hadith in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
"The lower garment of a Muslim should be to his mid-calf"
has nothing to do with everyday clothing including pants, trousers, and the like, it rather refers to the Izar (garment worn below the waist) worn during Hajj and `Umrah. He added that the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not change the construction of Ka`bah for fear of Fitnah (sedition).
A Muslim should wear the garment that extends between the mid-calf and the ankle. (Part No. 24; Page No. 12) If it is customary for the society where a person lives to wear a garment whose length reaches the ankles, he should not differ from them as long as their tradition is permissible. This applies to all types of clothing, not to the Izar or the event of Hajj.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.