Performing Salaah Wearing clothes dyed with saffron

Abdullaah bin Amru (RA) related that the Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him] saw him once wearing two sheets of cloths dyed with saffron, he said to him: This is of the Kuffaars costume, never wear them. [Muslim] In another narration the Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him] saw Abdullaah wearing a Raytah dyed with Saffron. He asked: What is this Raytah [a kind of cloth] you wear?

Abdullaah said: I knew that the Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him] detested it. I went back home and threw it in the oven my wife was preparing for cooking food. On the next day, the Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him] asked me: O Abdullaah what did you do with the Raytah? I told him what I had done with it. He then said: You could have given it to one of your wives; women are permitted to wear clothes dyed with saffron. [Ahmad] Anas (RA) related that the Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him] forbade that men use Saffron on their bodies. [Bukhaaree]

Ali (RA) also said: The Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him] prohibited wearing clothes dyed with saffron. [Muslim] The above hadeeths show that it is prohibited to wear clothes dyed with saffron.

Is it allowed to wear red garment? Ibn Qudaamah said that doing Salaah wearing red garment is detested according to some of our scholars. This was the position of Ibn AI Qayyim. He also said: How could one think that the Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him] wore pure red clothes?! By Allaah, Allaah (SWT) protected him from such an act. This misconception by some scholars was born out from the hadeeth that stated that the Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him] wore a red Hullah [another kind of cloth worn during the time of the Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him].

Ibn AI-Qayyim was of the opinion that Hullah was not a pure red cloth but red with black lines. This opinion of Ibn Qayyim was refuted by Ash Shawkaanee who said that the Companion who reported the hadeeth was a pure native Arab speaker who described the Hullah worn by the Prophet [peace and blessings be upon him] as red coloured only. Any contrary meaning needs strong evidence.

Ash-Shawkaani summarized his view eloquently and concisely saying: This is one of the controversial issues; the soundest of all opinions is the one that states the prohibition of wearing clothes dyed with red colour the origin of which is Saffron for it produces a certain range of red. Otherwise, all red clothes which the origin of their colour is not Saffron are permissible to be worn. So beware, dear Muslim brother, of wearing Saffron dyed clothes.

Stick to the Prophets [peace and blessings be upon him] guidance and ward off violating the Sharia rules. May Allaah help us to love him and seek His pleasure. Common Errors in Salaah by Mashoor Hasan Salman

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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