Men in Silk Sign of Apocalypse: Indonesian Group
21 Feb 2014 04:47 GMT
 

CAIRO – An Indonesia group has asserted that donning batik, a national heritage clothes in the southern Asian country, made of pure silk among men is forbidden in Islam, warning that it is a sign of Islam’s judgment day.

“Rasulullah SAW (peace be upon him) has said that Muslim men cannot wear silk and gold,” Sheikh Abd Kareem S Khada...(more)

CAIRO – An Indonesia group has asserted that donning batik, a national heritage clothes in the southern Asian country, made of pure silk among men is forbidden in Islam, warning that it is a sign of Islam’s judgment day.

“Rasulullah SAW (peace be upon him) has said that Muslim men cannot wear silk and gold,” Sheikh Abd Kareem S Khadaied, an activist in Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM), told The Malay Mail Online on Thursday, February 20.

“Hadiths also state that one of the tanda kiamat (signs of the apocalypse) is when pure silk is being worn, and that there is no awareness about this,” he added at a press conference.

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“When the Prophet says it is forbidden, that means it is forbidden, we listen and abide by it.”

Batik is a form of textile art often marketed as a national heritage in Muslim-majority Malaysia and Indonesia.

The traditional wear is usually used by government leaders and religious figures, commonly made of different materials such as pure silk, rayon and cotton.

Sheikh Abd Kareem said pure silk cannot be the way to go for Muslim men, urging Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation to use alternative materials besides pure silk to make batik.

“In the current industry most of the silk batik worn by Muslim men is pure silk,” he said.

“Only about ten per cent is silk mixture.

“There has to be labeling done on each batik cloth for that people will know it is pure silk and therefore haram,” Sheikh said.

The Sheikh also urged the National Fatwa Council and the Malaysian Islamic Department (Jakim) to provide a solution on the matter.

“There has to be labeling done on each batik cloth for that people will know it is pure silk and therefore haram,” Sheikh said.

There is almost a scholarly consensus that wearing clothes made of pure silk in the form of a shirt or tie, etc., is forbidden (haram) for men according to a fatwa by Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, published earlier by OnIslam.net.

Some scholars permit it in exceptional cases such as when the man has a skin disease that requires wearing silk, or some kind of dire necessity, or because nothing else can be found to wear, etc.

Concerning clothes that are not made of pure silk, but are a mixture of silk and other substances such as cotton, acrylic, wool, etc., scholars are divided on the ruling about them.

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