CHAPTER ON THE LUNGI OF
SAYYIDINA RASOOLULLAH SALLALLAHU ALAIHY WASALLAM
Shamaa-il Tirmidhi Contents
It was a noble habit of Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam
to wear a lungi (waist-wrap, sarong). There is a difference of opinion
whether Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam wore an izaar
or not. According to Allamah Baijuri's research, it is more correct that
he did not wear an izaar, although he possessed one. It is also said that
after he passed away, there was an izaar in his belongings (estate). Ibn
Qayyim says that Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam purchased
an izaar, and he must have purchased it to wear it. It has also been mentioned
in many ahaadith that Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam
wore an izaar. Many Sahabah radiyallahu anhum wore an izaar with the permission
of Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam. (Zaadul Ma'aad)
Hazrat Abu Umamah radiyallahu anhu says, "I said to Rasoolullah sallallahu
alaihe wasallam that the Ahlul-Kitab (People of the Book) do not wear a
lungi, but they wear an izaar.
Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam replied, "You must
oppose the way of the non-believers. Wear an izaar, and a lungi too."
Hazrat Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu says regarding a long hadith (conversation)
that he asked Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam, "Do you
wear an izaar?"
Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam replied, "I do. I've
been commanded to cover my body. No other thing covers the body more than
this." The Muhadditheen state that this hadith is weak. (Naylul Awtaar)
Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam mostly wore a lungi
(waist-wrap, sarong) and a burdah (top-sheet, body-wrap). The sheet of
the Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam was four dhira' (cubits,
hands) long, and two and a half dhira'a wide. According to one saying it
is said that it was six dhira' long and three dhira' and one palm span
wide. It is written that the lungi of Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu
alaihe wasallam was four dhira' and one palm span long and two dhira' wide.
The author has written four ahaadith in this chapter.
(112) Hadith 1
Hazrat Abu Burdah bin Musa Al-Ash'ari radiyallahu anhu reports, "Aishah
radyiallahu anha showed us a patched sheet, and the thick coarse lungi,
then said, "When Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam passed away, he
was wearing these clothes."
It was a habit of Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam
to wear simple clothing right up to the time of his demise, even though
the standard of living had generally improved. After the conquest of Khaibar
the economic situtation of the Muslims became better. After the conquest
of Makkah, the kings of other countries also began sending presents etc..
Despite this, Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam did not
change his standard of living. He lived simply and whatever was sent to
him was distributed to others. A few examples have been mentioned in the
book 'Stories of the Sahabah radiyallahu anhum'.
Imam Nawawi says that this hadith and other similar ones point to the
fact that Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam loved the Hereafter
and stayed away from luxuries. Thick and coarse clothing makes one feel
humble and simple, while the wearing of fine clothing makes one feel great
My saint, Maulana Hakim Jameelud-Deen Naginwi Ad-Dehlawi related an
incident of Maulana Gangohi that when he went for Haj and while performing
tawaaf, a blind saint was sitting on the outer side of the Mataaf. Whenever
Maulana passed by him, he said softly, "Wear the clothing of the pious."
When Maulana completed the tawaaf and went to the side where the blind
saint was sitting, he heard him say, "Khashin, khashin (coarse, coarse),"
by which it was meant that the clothing of the pious was made of coarse
Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam generally wore coarse
clothing. There is also evidence that he, sometimes, wore clothing made
of fine material due to some religious benefit, if it was available. He
normally did not wear clothing made of fine cloth.
(113) Hadith 2
Hazrat Ubaid bin Khalid radiyallahu anhu says, "I was once going to
Madinah Munawwarah. I heard a person from behind me say, "Wear the lungi
higher because it avoids physical and spiratual najaasah (impurities)."
(The lungi will remain cleaner and will not become dirty by being dragged
on the ground.)
When I turned to see who was talking, I saw that it was Rasoolullah
sallallahu alaihe wasallam. I said, "O' Rasoolullah, this is a simple
lungi, how can one become proud, and it is necessary to look after it (keep
Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam replied, "If you see no benefit
in it, your following me has not ceased."
While Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam was telling me this, I
saw that his lungi reached till half his shin."
We have been warned strictly in the ahaadith on the wearing of a lungi
or trousers below the ankle. All those parts that droop below the ankles
will be burnt in the fire. Abdur-Rahman says, "I asked Abu Saeed Khudri
radiyallahu anhu regarding the lungi. He replied, "You have a very meaningful
question. Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam has said, "The lungi of
a Muslim should reach till the middle of the shin, and there is no harm
if it reaches above his ankles. But those portions that droop below the
ankles will burn in the fire of jahannam. The one that lets his clothes
droop below his ankles in pride, Allah Most High will not look at him on
the Day of Judgement." (Abu Daud).
Warnings like these have been given in other ahaadith too. One should
take strict care of this. In our time it has become a fashion to let the
clothing droop below the ankles, so much so, that we treat it to be something
petty and pay no heed to the warning of Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu
alaihe wasallam. To Allah is our complaint.
(114) Hadith 3
Hazrat Salamah bin Akwa radiyallahu anhu says, "Uthman radiyallahu
anhu wore his lungi till the middle of his shin and said, "This is how
my master Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam wore his lungi."
(115) Hadith 4
Hazrat Hudhaifah bin Al-Yamaan radiyallahu anhu reports that Rasoolullah
sallallahu alaihe wasallam caught the shin of my leg, or of his own leg
and said, "This is where the lungi should reach, and if not, then a little
further down, and if not, then the lungi has no right on the ankle." (For
this reason the lungi should not reach over the ankles.)
It is haraam to cover the ankles when wearing a lungi or an izaar etc..
The Ulama say that only those people are exempted who have a boil or a
sore on the ankle, which will cause flies etc. to sit on it. Only then
shall it be permissible to cover it with a lungi or izaar etc., with the
object of safeguarding it till it heals.