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Maintaining Proper Appearance

It is upon the student of knowledge to purify himself outwardly by steering clear of innovations, beautifying himself with the sunan of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) in all aspects of his life, preserving his wudu’, and keeping his body and appearance clean – all within reasonable means, and as much as he is able.

Ibn Abi Hatim reported that ‘Abd al-Malik al-Maymuni said:

“I do not know that I have ever seen anyone who wore cleaner clothes, was more attentive to trimming his moustache and grooming the hair on his head and body, or wore purer and whiter garments than Ahmad bin Hambal.” [Sifat as-Safwah’ (1/480)]

One shouldn’t misunderstand the encouragement to have clean clothes and be excessive and obsessive in regards to his clothing. Rather, one should be slightly less than this, considering that it is reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said:

Badhadhah is from faith.” [Ibn Majah (4118) and Abu Dawud (4161), and al-Albani declared it authentic in ‘as-Silsilah as-Sahihah’ (341)]

Ibn al-Athir said:

Badhadhah is to have a plain, ascetic appearance and he (peace be upon him) meant that one should be humble in his clothing, avoiding vanity.” [an-Nihayah’ (1/110)]

And al-Khatib al-Baghdadi (may Allah have Mercy on him) reported that Abu ‘Abdillah al-Bushinji said:

“As for the badhadhah that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said is from faith, it is the plainness one displays in dress and garment, and this is humility from owning flashy, expensive clothing and garments. This is how the people of zuhd dress in this world.” [‘al-Jami’ li Akhlaq ar-Rawi wa Adab as-Sami’’ (1/154)]

[From: ‘Adaab Talibul ‘Ilm’ by Abu ‘Abdillah Muhammad Sa’id Raslan , pp.12]

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