Friday sermon: Dressing well is a blessing from Allah

Worshippers will be told at this week's Friday sermon that clothing is a blessing from Allah, so one should try to dress well when attending prayers.

ABU DHABI // Try to maintain a tidy personal appearance and dress well, especially when gathering for prayers, worshippers will be told at this week’s sermon.

“Allah has honoured human beings by creating them in the finest form,” says the sermon. Or, as a verse from the Quran says, “Surely We created man of the best stature.”

Therefore, Allah has given humans clothing that they can dress in. “O Children of Adam! We have revealed unto you raiment to conceal your shame, and splendid vesture,” says another Quranic verse.

Worshippers must always try to look their best for prayers by wearing clean and neat clothing.

“O Children of Adam! Look to your adornment at every place of worship, and eat and drink, but be not prodigal.”

The Prophet Mohammed was very keen for Muslims to dress well, especially during Eid gatherings and during prayers.

The sermon cites an incident from the life of the Prophet, when a man entered a mosque with unkempt hair and beard.

The Prophet pointed at him as if gesturing for him to leave to fix himself. The man then returned after tidying his hair and beard, at which point the Prophet said: “Isn’t this better than one of you appearing with a wild head [hair and beard] as if he were the devil?”

He also considered dressing well as a way to show Allah’s blessings, as the Quran says: “Therefore of the bounty of thy Lord be thy discourse.”

Another incident is cited, when Malek bin Nadla, one of the Prophet’s companions, wore raggedy clothes that contradicted his financial status.

The Prophet asked him if he had money, to which Nadla replied he owned camels, cattle and horses.

So, the Prophet told him: “If Allah gave you money, let Him see the effects of his blessings and honouring on you.”

Published: July 31, 2014 04:00 AM