I wanted to ask if it is permissible for Muslim women to wear a sari dress
Respected Mufti Sahib;
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I wanted to ask if it is permissible for Muslim women to wear a sari dress.
Although it is not considered as Hindu religious clothing, but rather considered as a Hindu culture in the Asian sub continent. The sari dress is not at all common among Muslim women or women of any other religion. It is most common among Hindu women and that too, mostly those that are religious and it is specifically worn by Hindu devotees, like if they are attending a religious function or going to the temple etc.
So would the sari be considered a dress specific to and a symbol of their religion , therefore not permissible for Muslim women to wear?
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem.
Alhamdulillaahi was salaatu was salaamu `alaa Rasoolillaahi wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi wa man waalaahu, wa ba`d:
As you have rightly stated, the sari is a dress only associated with Hindus even though technically it may not be a part of their religion. Therefore it will not be permissible for a woman to wear a sari because it will be considered as imitation of the Kuffaar, since “imitating the Kuffaar” is not restricted to only their religious things.
Mullaa `Ali Al-Qaaree Rahimahullaah explains and says in Mirqaatul Mafaateeh: “That is, he resembles himself with the Kuffaar for example in dress ware etc, or (he imitates) the evil or immoral people.” [i]
And as Rasoolullaah Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam has said: “Whoever imitates a nation, then he is of them.” – Sunan Abu Daawood. [ii]
And Allaah knows best.
Ubaidullah Ibn Adam Aal-Ebrahim.
Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Rashid Ahmed Moosagie.
Monday 28th Dhul Qa`dah 1433 – 15th October 2012.