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Excellence of wearing white clothes and the permissibility of wearingred, green, yellow and black clothes made from Cotton, Linen but not Silk

September 4, 2014
Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 117
Excellence of wearing white clothes and the permissibility of wearing red,
green, yellow and black clothes made from Cotton, Linen but not Silk

Allah, the Exalted, says:

“O Children of ¢dam! 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.” (7:26)

“And (Allah) has made for you garments to protect you from the heat (and cold), and coats of mail to protect you from your (mutual) violence.” (16:81)

779. Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: I heard Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) saying, “Put on white clothes because they are the best; and use them for shrouding your dead.”
[At-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud].

780. Samurah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘Wear white clothes because they are the purest and they are closest to modesty; and shroud the dead in it.”
[An-Nasa’i and Al-Hakim].

781. Bara’ (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was of medium stature. I saw him wearing a red mantle. I have never seen anything more graceful than that.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

782. Abu Juhaifah Wahb bin `Abdullah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I saw the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) by Al-Abtah valley in Makkah, in a red tent made from tanned skin. Bilal brought him ablution water. Then Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) came out wearing a red mantle; and I can still remember looking at whiteness of his shanks. So he made his ablution, and Bilal (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) pronounced the call for prayer  (Adhan). I kept following the movement of his (Bilal’s) face to the right and to the left when he recited: `Come to the prayer; come to the success.’ Then a spear was fixed (as a Sutrah) in front of Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) who then stepped forward and led the prayer. Dogs and donkeys passed in front of him (beyond the spear) and no one prevented them from doing so.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

783. Abu Rimthah Rifa`ah At-Taimi (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I saw Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) wearing two green garments.
[Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi].

784. Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) entered Makkah on the day of its conquest and he was wearing a black turban.
[Muslim].

785. Abu Sa`id `Amr bin Huraith (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: As if I am seeing Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) wearing a black turban and both ends of it are falling over his shoulders.
[Muslim].

Another narration is: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was delivering a Khutbah wearing a black turban.

786. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The body of Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was shrouded in three white Yemeni cotton garments, among which was neither a gown nor a turban.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

787. `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: One morning Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) went out wearing a black blanket made of camel’s or sheep’s black hair with patterns of camels’ bags upon it.
[Muslim].

788. Al-Mughirah bin Shu`bah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I was with Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) in a journey one night, and he asked me, “Do you have any water with you?” I said, “Yes.” So he dismounted from his riding camel and walked away (to answer the call of nature) until he disappeared in the darkness. When he returned, I poured out some water from a vessel and he washed his face. He was wearing a long woollen cloak and could not take out his forearms from his sleeves, so he brought them out from below the cloak and then washed them, and then passed his (wet) hands over his head. I stretched out my hand to take off his Khuff (leather socks), but he said, “Leave them. I put them on after performing Wudu’,’‘ and he passed his (wet) hands over them.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Another narration is: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) was wearing a Syrian cloak with tight sleeves.

Another narration is: This incident took place during the battle of Tabuk.

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