asalaamu alaikum wr wb sisters!
I am sooooo happy and excited right now. I finally have decided I need to go through all of my pants and get rid of all of my old, ripped, worn out, broken zippered ones and replace them with some new ones! Now…I have a small horde of wide legged pants from Shukr which I bought between 4-5 years ago. They indeed gave me “bang of the buck” and they have stayed in pretty good condition all of these years…only they have faded horribly, zippers have broken, areas have worn out and MOST importantly they are all now HUGE on me! Like I have to wear a belt just to keep them on as when I bought them I was a bit bigger than I am now and then I went to Saudi…gained more and over the past year and a half have managed to go back to my pre-pregnancy size…alhamdullah. But, I digress…its not cool having to wear faded, worn out, zipper broken jeans WITH a belt! I had considered taking them in but was like…uh, why bother! LOL.
So anyway. I am going to soon be the proud owner of 2 new Shukr denim jeans. I chose denim because I hate 99% of allll denim jeans sold in mainstream stores and the 1% of the time I find a pair I like, there is something wrong with them in my eyes! LOL
I’m getting these 2…
This pair will be good as an everyday denim jean under abayaat, jilbabs or manteau which hit a few inches above the ankle.
These will be good under my Islamiya abayaat and my knee and 3/4th length manteau/kap
Wow, I’m almost getting teary eyed…its like end of an era or something. LOL. Btw I am loving those skirt-pants, they are becoming trendy in “hejabi” circles so hopefully they will trickle down to the skinny pant set!
Oh and…because I KNOW I will have someone say something…according to the majority of Islamic scholars (including the ones I follow) pants for women are perfectly suitable as long as they are long, baggy and conceal the figure-and its socially acceptable. There are only a few scholars who have ruled that pants (even pants made for women and worn in societies where pants on women are socially acceptable) say that they are not allowed. But, they are a minority opinion while the majority say as long as its socially acceptable (i.e. ‘URF) that it is allowed. Now, if I was in a culture where pants on women were not socially acceptable…like deemed unfeminine…that would be one thing…its like I have some friends who are Iraqi and Egyptian and they say that most women in their countries wear skirts or dresses as socially its better for women to wear skirts/pants…even women who arent Muslim wear them as its the cultural norm….while in other societies…like Iran…in most cultural groups pants are the norm and even if a woman wears a skirt, its only socially acceptable to step outside with pants on under the skirt. Otherwise skirts are considered immodest and indecent. So in this matter, ‘Urf plays a role.
Here are some rulings which I found from the Hanafi madhab;
(NOTE-these rulings are given as an example…if you are in doubt or have questions about the permissibility of pants for women then you need to contact the scholars YOU follow and the madhab YOU follow. Not me 🙂 Because minor rulings do vary between schools!) And Allah knows best!
Specificall Hanafi madhab;
From Mufti Ebrahim Desai;
In today’s time and age, it is permissible for both males and females to wear pants. Previously, when it was not a norm for women to wear pants as men do, it could have been said that it is not permissible for women based on the Hadith that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) cursed such men who imitated women and such women who imitated men. (Bukhari, Hadith: 5436. Tirmizi, Hadith: 2708)
Nowadays, since wearing pants has become a common factor between men and women, the issue of women and men imitating each other does not apply. Thus, the Hadith will not apply to women wearing pants as understood from the commentary of Tuhfatul Ahwazi.
عن ابن عباس قال لعن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم المخنثين من الرجال والمترجلات من النساء وقال أخرجوهم من بيوتكم (صحيح البخاري، حديث رقم: 5436)
عن ابن عباس قال لعن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم المتشبهات بالرجال من النساء والمتشبهين بالنساء من الرجال قال أبو عيسى هذا حديث حسن صحيح. (سنن الترمذي، حديث رقم: 2708)
قوله : ( لعن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم المتشبهات بالرجال من النساء والمتشبهين بالنساء من الرجال )
قال الطبري : المعنى لا يجوز للرجال التشبه بالنساء في اللباس والزينة التي تختص بالنساء ولا العكس . قال الحافظ : وكذا في الكلام والمشي ، فأما هيئة اللباس فتختلف . باختلاف عادة كل بلد فرب قوم لا يفترق زي نسائهم من رجالهم في اللبس ، لكن يمتاز النساء بالاحتجاب والاستتار ، وأما ذم التشبه بالكلام والمشي فمختص بمن تعمد ذلك. (تحفة الأحوذي شرح سنن الترمذي)
However, utmost care should be taken that the pants are not so tight fitting that it reveals the shape of ones limbs. It will not be permissible to wear pants if it reveals the shape of ones limbs.
It is not permissible for women to wear a shirt if it reveals the shape of the body. The prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) cautioned those women who wear such clothing that reveals the shape of their bodies and warned them of being entrants of the fire of Hell. (Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 3971)
عن أبي هريرة قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم صنفان من أهل النار لم أرهما قوم معهم سياط كأذناب البقر يضربون بها الناس ونساء كاسيات عاريات مميلات مائلات رءوسهن كأسنمة البخت المائلة لا يدخلن الجنة ولا يجدن ريحها وإن ريحها ليوجد من مسيرة كذا وكذا. (الصحيح لمسلم، حديث رقم: 3971)
Wearing pants under dress or skirt?
Answered by Shaykh Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf Mangera
I would like to know if it is Sunnah for a Muslima to wear shawals or pants, under her dress or skirt. I would like to know if this is Sunnah and what Islamic Schools of Thought. Is it not so that Sayyida A’isha wore pants under her dress, or skirt?
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
In the name of Allah the Inspirer of truth
It is sunna and necessary to wear clothing that sufficiently covers the parts of the body required to be covered and is not tight so as to allow curves of the body, etc, to be visible.
If wearing pants or trousers helps in this regard they would be sunna. Having said this, it is better to wear pants since they are more concealing since they do not allow parts of the leg to be exposed so easily in the case of wind or excessive movement.
And Allah knows best.
I am a young woman who works at a place that requires me to wear a uniform. Is it permissible for me to wear pants if they are large on me?
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate
I pray this email finds you well. Thank you for your question.
Scholars mention that a woman’s clothing must:
(1) Be opaque such that the colour of the skin underneath cannot be seen,
(2) surround her nakedness (i.e. the parts of the body that she is obliged to cover) such that nothing appears of it, and
(3) not disclose the shape of the nakedness.
If a form of clothing fulfills these conditions, it is permissible for a woman to wear it even if it differs from specific forms of clothing worn by Muslim women in other parts of the world. If the clothing does not fulfill these conditions, it would not be permissible for her to wear it.
And Allah knows best.
I also found these ruling from the Shia madhab. I know most of my readers do not follow the shia madhab, but I am giving to show that through all the madhabs this is a pretty typical response towards female pants on women.
According to Sistani;
Q1) Wearing a trouser and t-shirt to what stage is allowed and what if I do proper hijab over it when I go outside?
A1) It is not allowed for a woman to go out of her house wearing the cloths that shows her body before strangers.
Q2) Is there any restriction to wear pants having a long bottom, so that it come under our feet?
A2) Feet should be covered and trousers should not arouse strangers..