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Sunnah dress, a dress of culture?

This an extension to an ongoing Facebook discussion, where there are people who claim that the sunnah clothing i.e of wearing the turban, the jubbah etc are and were part of the Arabian culture then. It has nothing to do with Islam in general, or the sunnah. Now, this is not the first time i have heard this absurd claim being made. To one extent i have heard once a person claiming that if prophets came down today they would not be wearing the ‘age old’ clothes but would rather be wearing jeans, t-shirts etc, fitting more of the modern-day clothing. Astagfirullah!!!

These people need to get their head checked out. Sunnah is something that extends beyond all times and situations. IT IS NOT CULTURE!. The biggest proof is that we find in the hadiths which mention the end times, syyiduna isa (as) will come down wearing sunnah clothes, that being he will have a shawl around his upper body, wearing jubbah and in other sunnah clothing, not in jeans, t-shirts, or likewise. In the battles of Islam during the time of the prophet (saw) we also learn that the angels who came to fight were dressed in the same fashion that being wearing turbans etc. Not their angelic dress codes. As i mentioned some time back in one post, instead of practicing the sunnah we will go that extra mile just to find out avenues from which we can escape from practicing the sunnah!. They will try to put down the sunnah and say this or that regarding it. The claim that they make of the sunnah being of culture and not real sunnah of the prophet i.e character etc. this is also baseless, as all cultures originally especially in terms of dress, got their idea from prophets since adam (as) being the first human. Fourthly we also learn that in a number of hadiths the prophet (saw) said the angels in the heavens also dress in the sunnah way. We seriously need to get away from this childish tit for tat arguments of what is sunnah and what is not, and actually practice the sunnah! Just so that it does not happen that death comes to us and we are busy debating what was sunnah and what was not, without actually having the chance to act of the sunnah! Our scriptures are full with what exactly is sunnah and what is culture. It’s clear as day! all we need to do is act on it.