Last night, whilst flicking through television channels, i had come across a part of a programme where an individual had drawn an image of ‘jesus’, (as) in a cave somewhere in the Americas. It’s been a long while i actually saw an image of the halo. Something which is widely depicted in the images of “Jesus” (as), angels or any other saintly people, in the christian churches and places of reverence. (I say christian churches here simply because there are numerous groups/cults which use the term ‘church’ to mean their place of worship), the church of sciencetologists, the church of satan, the church of the flying spaghetti monster, (- no joke) are a few examples. For those who don’t know what a halo is, it is this: – The glow behind the head of the ‘Jesus’ (astagfirullah!) in the following image
It may come as a surprise to some, to know that the depictions of the halo, which has been used by almost all religions (albeit christianity being the foremost amongst them), to represent a pious person, has Islāmic origins.
How? you may say. Well, with a glance back through history one can clearly see that the areas in which most prophets arose from is the middle-east. That being the arab lands. Although as we know Allah (swt) mentions that he has sent guidance for every nations. It can be safely said, that most of the messengers and prophets were from the middle-east. Now, the predominant feature amongst the middle-easten countries, – something which came down from prophet to prophet while feeding into the people, is the dress code, namely, the Islāmic way of dressing. Majority of the people, even non-muslims would dress according to the prophet(s), whom, would dress in thowbs and loose garments, with some sort of head coverings. The turban being the primary example. It is a historically known fact that the middle-easten people would most-of-the-time wear a turban on their heads. Rare was the occasion that any man, not to mention the women, would be seen NOT wearing a turban or some sort of head covering. It was seen as a sign of modesty to be covering one’s head. This moral teaching stemming from the prophets – the standard bearers of humanity. Who were always modest and humble in front of Allah, whilst continually being in his (Allah’s) presence.
Coming to the issue of the halo, one can clearly see how it is a representation of the turban. Although has been modified to a celestial ‘ring’ around the head of the saintly figure.
Not only that, when looking at the depictions of the saintly people (even though as muslims we do not value or believe in these illustrations of ‘jesus’ or anyone) shows us how it was the Sunnah of ALL the prophets (as) and in some cases the command of Allah to dress modestly. That being to dress in thowbs, turbans, the occasional hats. The women folk to be covered, not revealing any of their body except what is required.
1 Corinthians 11:6
“For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.”
You see, in recent times there are modernist muslims who have labeled the sunnah way of dressing, the turban, the thowb, the hats etc, as being from the arab culture and something which has nothing to do with Islam. Some, even going to the extent of saying, if the prophets were to be sent today, they would be wearing t-shirts and pants. (nauzibillah!!) These ‘muslims’ are trying their best to disclaim and denounce the sunnah way of dressing, claiming it to be from the 7th century, barbaric, backward culture of the arabian peninsula. Something that should be left for that time and forgotton.
Before i carry on with this, you must understand a crucial point here, this does not mean we can not wear these items of clothing like ‘john’ or ‘Rajput!’, jeans and shirts for instance. All, i am trying to convey is, we should not to denounce the sunnah way of dressing, as being from ‘arab culture'; the ‘pre-Islamic’ dress code, something which is alien to Islam. If this stickman argument is used. Then, these people need simple answers. Looking at the FALSE pictures of ‘Jesus’ it has indications to the truth of the matter – in terms of, what is the actual the sunnah dress code, and what is not. Even the christians realise that they – the prophets had a distinctive way of dressing – the sunnah, which allowed them to have a certain awe and admiration around them. This is why they depict ‘Jesus’ ‘paul’ ‘luke’ etc, in a certain way.
Above is one such example, here ‘Jesus’ (as) is depicted in a thowb, a halo (representing the turban), a beard, and even a zulf! – the prophetic way of keeping the hair. Either up to the ear lobes, the second option being to keep it slighty below the ear lobes, and thirdly up to the shoulders. I find it strange how these people are quick to slander the blessed and beautiful ways of the prophets and come with excuses in not having to practice the sunnah.
Such is the high nobility of the turban that we are told even the angels wore it. Of the Qur’anic verse,
“Your Lord shall help you with five thousand angels bearing marks” (Surat Ali ‘Imran, verse 125),
Ibn’Abbas, the greatest of the early exegetes, said: “The signs are that they wore turbans.”
In the re-emergence of Jesus (as), he will be dressed accordingly, That is according to the sunnah of the messneger(s) of Allah, Jesus (as) will be in a thowb, wearing a shawl, a turban, having a sunnah length beard and hair. He will not be wearing a ‘GAP’ jumper and ‘LEVIS’ jeans. (Nauzibillah!) As, some foolish people assert to.
An-Nawwas b. Sam’an reported…
… it would at this very time that Allah would send Christ, son of Mary, and he will descend at the white minaret in the eastern side of Damascus wearing two garments lightly dyed with saffron (a shawl and a lungi) and placing his hands on the wings of two Angels. When he would lower his head, there would fall beads of perspiration from his head, and when he would raise it up, beads like pearls would scatter from it. Every non-believer who would smell the odour of his self would die and his breath would reach as far as he would be able to see. He would then search for him (Dajjal) until he would catch hold of him at the gate of Ludd and would kill him. Book 041, Number 7015 Sahih Muslim
This post is not something to be taken as a reference point for proving the need to follow the sunnah, from the Quran and the hadith. The sunnah should be itself proof for us to follow it. Without having to seek and justify the need to follow it. I wrote a previous post on this issue, but thought it was paramount of importance i re-addressed this again to remind people of the value of the sunnah and stop letting shaitan play football with us, always scoring against us. Lastly, our nafs will always try to find a way of not practicing the sunnah and the injunctions of islam. That’s its nature, however the nature of our spirits is to act on the good. Its our bodies that makes the choice which way we go. Either the prophetic ways or the devilish ways.