Wearing tight trousers

Q: What is the ruling on wearing tight trousers? What will be the ruling if it is baggy or similar to that worn by people in the West? What if it differs in the trousers shape (the style)? What is the ruling on wearing a suit and what is so called a tie, in addition to other clothes worn by the Kuffar (disbelievers)? Would the ruling on them be altered if Muslims are accustomed to wearing them, such that people do not think they involve resembling the Kuffar? Finally, what is the best type of clothing to be worn by a Muslim in this age? What is the ruling on all these things? May Allah be merciful to you.

A: The basic principle in clothes is permissibility, except for what is excluded by Shari`ah (Islamic law), like gold and silk for men, except for cases of scabies. Wearing trousers is not related to the Kuffar, but if it shows the shape and contours of the body or the `Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered in public), it becomes impermissible to wear it, whereas baggy trousers are permissible, unless they are worn with the intention of resembling the Kuffar. The same applies to suits and ties, for they are not of the clothes designated to the Kuffar, therefore, it is permissible to wear them, unless (Part No. 24; Page No. 41) the person who wears them does this with the intention of resembling the Kuffar. In general, the basic principle is the permissibility of clothes unless otherwise indicated by legal evidence.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.