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    Some people are extremely concerned with their appearance and clothes, and spend a great deal of money on that. Is this in accordance with Islam or not? Praise
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2003
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      Some people are extremely concerned with their appearance and
      clothes, and spend a great deal of money on that. Is this in
      accordance with Islam or not?

      Praise be to Allaah.

      Being overly concerned with one's appearance is the kind of extreme
      action that is condemned, because Islam is the religion of moderation
      that favours the middle path between extremes of any kind. Allaah
      said (interpretation of the meaning):

      "O Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean
      clothes) while praying [and going round (the Tawaaf of ) the Ka`bah]
      and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He
      (Allaah) likes not Al-Musrifoon (those who waste by extravagance)."
      [al-A'raaf 7:31]

      So Allaah has commanded us to take our adornment when coming to the
      mosque to pray, and He has permitted us to eat and drink, then He
      warned us against being extravagant and going to extremes, and has
      told us that He does not love those who waste by extravagance.

      And Allaah said (interpretation of the meaning):

      "But spend not wastefully (your wealth) in the manner of a
      spendthrift. Verily, the spendthrifts are brothers of the Shayaateen
      (devils), and the Shaytaan (Devil-Satan) is ever ungrateful to his
      Lord" [al-Israa' 17:26-27]

      The spendthrift is the brother of the Shaytaan and shares the same
      attitude, because he wastes money and spends it on things that are of
      no benefit. The measure of whether a thing is of no benefit is as the
      scholars said: if it is of no benefit in either religious or worldly

      The Muslim's attitude should be as Allaah described it
      (interpretation of the meaning):

      "And those who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor
      niggardly, but hold a medium (way) between those (extremes)" [al-
      Furqaan 25:67]. They tread a middle path between miserliness and
      overspending. Ibn `Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: "Eat
      and drink and dress as you like, so long as you do not have two
      qualities: extravagance and showing off."

      Many people are keen to make sure that their outward appearance is
      the best and cleanest and most proper, then they do not purify their
      hearts and souls of the diseases against which Allaah has warned us,
      such as hypocrisy, lying, envy, arrogance, showing off, pride, self-
      admiration, wrongdoing, ignorance and hatred towards the believers,
      or evil forbidden desires, etc. Allaah has told us that the garment
      of faith and taqwa (piety) is better than the outward garments.
      Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      "O Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover
      yourselves (screen your private parts) and as an adornment; and the
      raiment of righteousness, that is better. Such are among the Ayaat
      (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of
      Allaah, that they may remember (i.e. leave falsehood and follow
      truth)." [al-A'raaf 7:26]

      The Prophet of Guidance (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
      told us about the signs of a person's success:

      "Allaah does not look at the outward appearance or wealth of any one
      of you, but He looks at your hearts and deeds." (Narrated by Muslim
      from the hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah). The heart is the seat of taqwa and
      a man's essential qualities and the treasures of knowledge, and deeds
      are the balance in which people will be weighed before Allaah, as
      Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      "Verily, the most honourable of you with Allaah is that (believer)
      who has At-Taqwaa" [al-Hujuraat 49:13]

      So it is strange indeed that a person would pay attention to how he
      appears to others, and wash and adorn himself lest there appears to
      be anything wrong with him, then he does not pay any attention to his
      heart which is what the Creator looks at, and he does not purify and
      adorn his heart.

      We ask Allaah to reform our hearts and purify our tongues and cause
      all our faculties to obey Him.

      Reference: Masaa'il wa rasaa'il by Muhammad Mahmoud al-Najdi, p. 15
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