Bismillah Ar-Rahmân Ar-Rahîm.
Assalâmu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakâtuh,
Amongst us, who has ever wondered whether wearing beautiful clothes would be a form of vanity? Who amongst us, out of fear, refuses to wear nices clothes?
Bî îdni Lâh I will try to answer it.
Imam Al-Bukhari (rahimahullah) (948) and Imam Muslim (rahimahullah) (2068) report from ‘AbdAllâh Ibn‘ Omar (radiyAllahu anhu) who says:
Omar Ibn Al Khattab رضي الله عنه found in the market a brocade suit for sale, he took it and gave it to the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم saying: "Take this suit and embellish yourself by wearing it for 'Aid and then welcoming delegations. "
Al-Hafidh Ibn Rajab رحمه الله says in "Fateh Al Barî" (6/67) after this hadith:
"This is proof of the fact that they embellished themselves for Eid and that this was known to them."
Al-Hafidh Ibn Rajab رحمه الله also says (6/72):
"The fact of beautifying oneself is valid for those who go to the place of prayer as well as for those who stay at home like women and children."
According to 'Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud (radiallahu' anhu), the prophet (sallallahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said:
"No one who has the weight of an atom of pride in his heart will enter paradise."
One man said, "What if a man likes nice clothes and nice shoes?"
He says: “Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty.
Pride is to refuse the truth and look down on people. ”
Reported by Imam Muslim rahimahuLah (131)
Concerning the word of the Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam: "Allah is beautiful and loves beauty", this hadith includes nice clothes, subject of the hadith in question, but also includes, given the general scope of the subject, the beauty of everything , as in the other hadith:
"Allah is clean and loves cleanliness"
It is also authentically reported that the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam said:
"Allah is good and accepts only what is good."
The following hadith is also found in the Sunans:
"Allah loves to see the effects of His blessings on His servant."
According to Abû al Ahwas Al Juchamî -radiyAllahu anhu-:
"The Prophet saw me dressed in rags and said to me, Do you have any property?
I replied: Yes.
He said to me: What kind of good?
I said to him: All kinds of goods that Allah has given me, camels, sheep ...
The Prophet sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam said to me, "Let the effects of the blessings and the grace of Allah appear on you."
Allah ta’ala therefore likes to see the effects of His benefits appear on His servant, because it is part of the beauty He loves, and it is a way of thanking Him for His benefits.
Gratitude is an internal beauty, and Allah likes to see apparent beauty manifested by benefit, and internal beauty by gratitude.
Allah who loves beauty is the reason why He sent down for His servants clothes and ornaments which embellish their appearance, and piety which embellishes their inner self.
He (Subhanahu wa ta'ala) thus said (close translation):
"O children of Adam! We have brought clothes on you to hide your nakedness, as well as adornments… But the garment of piety is better. ” (Surat al A’râf verse 26)
You can find further development on this subject in the book Kitab al Fawa'id (The Limits of Behavior) by Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah rahimahuLah.
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