Islamic Creed

Imitating non-Muslims

Question?

I read that the prophet – peace be upon him – forbids us to imitate non-Muslims in all aspects of life. But I do not understand how that could apply to clothes. Most people buy their clothes from non-Muslim brands and Muslim women now like to follow non-Muslim fashion. Is it haram? In addition, unfortunately, today, it is the non-Muslims who have the most advanced societies. Therefore, Muslims sometimes like to follow them in their daily routines. For example, having a healthy lifestyle, being open-minded and encouraging men to help their women clean the house (feminism). Does that make haram?

Reply:


Perfect praise to Allah, the Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is no other worthy worship than Allah, and that Muhammad sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) is his slave and his messenger.

What you mentioned is not true because you have generalized. The imitation of non-Muslims that is prohibited and disputed concerns issues that are specific to them in their religion or that are one of their slogans in their customs. As for what is common between them and others, there is no harm in that. The latter [which is common] is the one that predominates.

Ibn Hajar may Allah have mercy on him by talking about saddle cloth (usually silk): “If we say that they are forbidden because it is an imitation of non-Muslims, it is for a religious reason was their symbol at that time and they are non-Muslims, and now, as it is not something of their own, it is no longer related to them, so this definition no longer exists and, therefore, it does not exist. is more hated. “[End quote]
May Allah have merciful him also said:

“Some of the Salaf (our just predecessors) were of the opinion that not wearing the burnou (hooded cape) was not appreciated because it was the clothing of the monks. He said, “But it’s the clothing of Christians.” He said, “He is carried here [ie by Muslims].” [End quote]
With respect to healthy living, this is an issue related to the interest of the population and its overall well-being. Indeed, it is something that Islam advocates and Islam preceded others. For example, he legislated on quarantine and so on. She also legislates on what regulates married life and makes it the best, such as the husband helps his wife to clean up, as the prophet Sallallahuahi alayhi wa sallam (may Allah extol his mention) used to do with his women; all this is recommended in Islam. The Islamic civilization preceded the others in these noble values ​​and the first and first Muslims applied it in their real life; it is for this reason that they (Muslims) have neither followed nor imitated any nation; other nations followed them and tried to imitate them.

Muslims have not gone astray unless they renounce their religion, forget those values, and follow the West in their dirty ideas.

In terms of fashion, all things are in principle permissible and nothing is forbidden unless it includes an Islamic ban.

With regard to open-mindedness, it is a general term. If what one means by that is a correct meaning, like having the dialogue in a good way, etc., it is something that Sharee’ah has recommended. Allah says (meaning): {Invite him to follow the path of your Lord with wisdom and good teaching, and discuss with them the best way possible. Indeed, your Lord knows perfectly well who has gone out of his way and he especially knows who is being guided [rightly]. [Quran 16: 125]
However, the dialogue has its foundations, among which is the fact that the people who should discuss with non-Muslims should have a thorough knowledge of Islam and should not be touched by their misconceptions (during debates) and be in able to refute these misconceptions.

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