By: Shaykh-e-Tareeqat, Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat, ‘Allamah Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qaadiri دَامَتْ بَرَكَاتُـهُمُ الْعَالِيَـه
‘Allamah Ibn-ul-Haaj رَحْمَۃُ
اللہِ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ has said: The Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ would not make
special arrangements for clothes, but rather he صَلَّی
اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ would wear whatever was available easily.
(Al-Madkhal, vol. 1, pp. 112)
Once due to resting on a mat, the impressions [made by the mat] were left on the blessed body of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ . (Sunan-ut-Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 167, Hadees 2384) So the aspect of simplicity is prominent in the blessed life of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ .
Tayri saadigi pay lakhaun tayri ‘aajizi pay lakhaun
Haun salam-e-‘aajizanah Madani Madinay walay
O devotees of Rasool! Acting upon the blessed life of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ we should also have simplicity in our dressing, eating and lifestyle. اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰہِ! Dawat-e-Islami, the Madani movement of devotees of Rasool, is making efforts to spread the call towards righteousness. Religious people should wear simple dresses because whenever people see any religious person in a dress with much decoration or unnecessary things, they consider it to be bad and talk deceptively over it such as: Look! How fancy dress this Maulana is wearing! Those who wear different stylish and fashionable dresses should wear simple clothes. Talking about the excellence of a simple dress, our Beloved Rasool صَلَّی اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمَ has said, ‘One who despite being able to afford, stops wearing excellent dresses as a token of humbleness, Allah Almighty will make him wear a heavenly dress.’ (Abu Dawood, vol. 4, pp. 326, Hadees 4778)
اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰہِ, I used to wear simple dresses even before Dawat-e-Islami and by the grace of Allah Almighty now I also wear simple dresses and also persuade those who are associated with Dawat-e-Islami to have simplicity in everything.
But since Islamic brothers started wearing ‘Imamahs and clothes of different colours in Dawat-e-Islami, a large number of Islamic brothers have deprived themselves of the Sunnah of wearing ‘Imamahs by thinking that there is no restriction on wearing ‘Imamah now, though there was no restriction on wearing ‘Imamah in the past as well. Islamic brothers were only persuaded as it was a Sunnah, it is still a Sunnah and it will remain a Sunnah to wear ‘Imamah. Similarly, white colour [dress] is the best colour, but due to the strategy of bringing the Islamic brothers of Dawat-e-Islami close to the environment who used to feel hesitant in carrying out the Madani activities of Dawat-e-Islami because of the specific dress, Dawat-e-Islami has given permission to wear light-coloured dresses which Islamic scholars and Mashaaikh (spiritual guides) and civilized people wear. So some have started using it to fulfil their desire for wearing fashionable dresses and started wearing different new fashionable, stylish and fancy dresses which have been condemned in Bahar-e-Shari’at. It has deeply grieved and tortured me.
اَلْحَمْدُ لِلّٰہِ! I like simplicity and those who are simple are not less in Dawat-e-Islami. O devotees of Rasool! You also have simplicity and have simplicity everywhere in Madani Channel, homes, offices, markets, worldly and religious gatherings, etc. By virtue of this simplicity, the popularity of Dawat-e-Islami will increase and the activity of presenting the call towards righteousness will increase further, اِنْ شَآءَ اللہ.
Regarding dress, do not become strict or taunt any Islamic brother, nor commit backbiting against him, lest he leaves Dawat-e-Islami due to your behaviour. Using a strategy persuade him politely to read what I have written. (Derived from Madani Muzakarah)
عَلَی الْحَبِیْب! صَلَّی
اللہُ تَعَالٰی عَلٰی مُحَمَّد