Dress & Clothing's
Questions and Answers
- Question: We Muslims in
Europe buy shoes, belts and other clothing items made of leather which may
come from animals killed in non-Islamic way. At times such items are imported
from Muslim countries or obtained from Muslim abattoirs here (since there
are a few Muslim abattoirs in the U.K. for example).
Can we consider such leather to be pure (tãhir) in the probability
that it might have been imported from Muslim countries or obtained from abattoirs
adopting Islamic way of slaughtering, even if such a probability is very weak?
Answer: If the probability is so weak
that the opposite is more likely (for example, 2%), it should not even be
considered. Otherwise [if the probability is high], there is no problem in
considering it to be pure (tãhir). Allãh knows the best.
- Question:Jurists have decreed that it is forbidden [for men] to
wear pure and natural silk. Is it permissible for a man to wear silk that
is mixed with other material if that clothing item is a necktie [or
the normal tie]? And is it forbidden for man to wear the necktie, if it is
made of natural and pure silk?
Answer: It is not forbidden to wear a tie, even if it is from
pure silk because it is not [big enough material] to cover the private parts
that must be covered [in prayer]. As for the item that is mixed with other
material to the extent that it cannot be described as “pure silk,” it is permissible
to wear, even if it [is big enough so that it] can cover the private parts
that must be covered [in prayer].
- Question: Even though some manufacturers write on their products
that they have been made of natural silk, we doubt such a claim because of
the goods very low price. Is it permissible for us to wear such an item and
say salãt in it?
Answer: With doubt [whether the silk is pure], it is permissible to
wear and say salãt in it.
- Question: Is it permissible to wear clothes that have pictures of
intoxicanting drinks as a promotion for drinking them? Is it permissible to
sell such items?
Answer: It is forbidden to wear and sell them.
- Question: Is it permissible for a man to wear a watch that contains
parts made from gold or a watch whose strap is made of gold? Is it permissible
to say salãt with it?
Answer: It is permissible to wear the first item and pray in it but
not the second.