Sunday, 8 August 2010

Wearing the Turban

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is from Shaykh ‘Abd al-Karim al-Qubrusi (q.s.) who passed away in 2012.

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “He who clings fast to my sunnah when my ummah is corrupt, will receive the Reward of a hundred martyrs.”

One must affirm that there can be absolutely no doubt in the fact that each and every sunnah of our beloved Prophet (s.a.w.) is considered supreme and well worthy of emulation by a true believer of and follower of his esteemed lifestyle.  In fact, a true lover of Muhammad (s.a.w.) would be prepared to give his life for the practical preservation of even one sunnah.  A true ummati of Muhammad (s.a.w.) is one who endeavours to emulate every sunnah, whether it be connected to the ‘ibadah of the Prophet (s.a.w.) or his lifestyle.

The tying of the turban is a sunnah mustamirrah, an ongoing practice of the Prophet (s.a.w.).  The Prophet (s.a.w.) enjoined the tying of the turban upon us.  It has been reported in Swahih al-Bukhari that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Tie the turban; it will increase you in forbearance.”  It is also reported that somebody enquired of ibn ‘Umar (r.a.) whether the tying of the turban was sunnah and he replied in the affirmative.  The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “The turban distinguishes the Muslims from the mushrikin.”

It is recorded in Musnad al-Firdaws by Imam ad-Daylami (r.a.) that Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “The turban is the honour of a mu’min and represents the dignity of the Arabs.  When the Arabs stop wearing the turban, their respect will be lost.”  This is a very weak hadits with a doubtful chain.

It is recorded in Swahih Muslim that Jabir (r.a.) reported that on the occasion of the conquest of Makkah, Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) entered Makkah Mukarramah wearing a black turban.

It is also recorded inn Swahih Muslim and Sunan an-Nasa’i, that ‘Amr ibn Hurayts (r.a.) said, “That scene is still before my eyes when Rasulullah (s.a.w.) was reciting the khuthbah on the minbar.  He wore a black turban on his Blessed head, and its shamlah was between his shoulders.”  The “shamlah” refers to the end portion of the turban.

ibn ‘Umar (r.a.) reported, “When Rasulullah (s.a.w.) fastened a turban, he used to put the shamlah between his shoulders.”

Imam Nafi' (r.a.) said, “I had seen 'Abdullah ibn ‘Umar, do it in the same manner.”

Shaykh ‘Ubaydullah (r.a.), who was the student of Imam Nafi' (r.a.), said, “In my time, the grandson of Abu Bakr, Qasim ibn Muhammad and the grandson of 'Umar, Salim ibn 'Abdullah did the same.”

Shaykh Sulayman ibn Abdullah (r.a.) said, “I saw those swahabah who were from the muhajirin al-awwalin wearing turbans of cotton material.  The colours were black, white, green, red and yellow.  Some would tie it in such a fashion that they would first place one end of the turban on their heads, then the top and then continue tying the turban on the fold of the top.  They would not wrap it from under the chin.”

In Shaykh ibn Ishaq’s (r.a.) Sirah and in Tafsir ath-Thabarani, on the authority of ibn ‘Abbas (r.a.), the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “On the day of Hunayn, the angels wore red turbans.”

According to Imam al-Bayhaqi (r.a.), the Prophet (s.a.w.) is reported to have said, “Hold on to the turban as it is a sign of the angels.  Also let the loose end hang from the back.”

In Mustadrak of Imam al-Hakim (r.a.). the Prophet (s.a.w.) is reported to have said, “Adopt the turban as it will increase your forbearance.”

In al-Maqaswid al-Hasanah, the Prophet (s.a.w.) is reported to have said, “Some of Allah Ta’ala’s angels stand at the door of the masjid and seek repentance on behalf of those wearing white turbans.”


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