The importance of wearing a topi

Q: I had always been taught that the topi is the crown of a believer and part of the Sunnah attire. However, I was recently told by a close friend that the topi is not part of the Sunnah attire and has no basis in Deen. It was merely worn in the time of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and the Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum) as a traditional dress. Is this true? Similarly, I would like to know whether the Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum) wore the topi at the time of Salaah.

A: Wearing the topi is a Mubaarak Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and a salient feature of Islam. In every era of Islam, commencing from the era of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), special importance and significance was afforded to the topi. It is reported in authentic Ahaadeeth that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and the Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum) wore the topi.

During the Khilaafah of Hazrat Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhu), the kuffaar began wearing topis and turbans in order to deceive the Muslims and receive the same recognition in society which was afforded to the Muslims in the Islamic state. When Hazrat Umar (Radhiyallahu Anhu) perceived this, he immediately prohibited them, and drew up a constitution which was governed by the Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). He enshrined in the constitution the distinguishing characteristics and salient features of Islam and thus prohibited the kuffaar from adopting these codes of conduct. Similarly, he prohibited the kuffaar from adopting the Islamic attire and from wearing the topis and turbans of the Muslims.

It is reported in the Hadith of Bukhaari Shareef that the Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum) performed Salaah with their topis.

قال الحسن كان القوم يسجدون على العمامة والقلنسوة (صحيح البخاري، باب السجود علي الثوب في شدة الحر 1/56)

Hazrat Hasan Basri (Rahmatullahi Alayhi) said, “The Sahaabah (Radhiyallahu Anhum) would make sajdah during Salaah on their turbans and topis.”

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

إن أمير المؤمنين عمر رضي الله عنه في الصحابة رضي الله عنهم ثم عامة الأئمة بعده وسائر الفقهاء جعلوا في الشروط المشروطة على أهل الذمة من النصارى وغيرهم فيما شرطوه على أنفسهم أن نوقر المسلمين ونقوم لهم من مجالسنا إذا أرادوا الجلوس ولا نتشبه بهم في شيء من ملابسهم قلنسوة أو عمامة (قاله ابن تيمية رحمه الله في كتابه اقتضاء الصراط المستقيم وقال بعد نقل الحديث رواه حرب الكرماني بإسناد جيد 1/363)

حدثنا ابن جريج قال أخبرني نافع أن ابن عمر رضي الله عنهما كساه وهو غلام فدخل المسجد فوجده يصلى متوشحا فقال أليس لك ثوبان قال بلى قال أرأيت لو استعنت بك وراء الدار أكنت لابسهما قال نعم قال فالله أحق أن تزين له أم الناس قال نافع بل الله فأخبره عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم أو عن عمر رضي الله عنه قال نافع قد استيقنت أنه عن أحدهما وما أراه إلا عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال لا يشتمل أحدكم في الصلاة اشتمال اليهود من كان له ثوبان فليتزر وليرتد ومن لم يكن له ثوبان فليتزر ثم ليصل (شرح معانى الآثار 1/259)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)




An eye-opener for Muslims, is the following lament of a Sister from the U.K.

“Assalamu Alaykum,

Regarding the fatwa issued by 17 scholars in Pakistan on Travelling without a Mahram and the response by The Majlis, I have some thoughts on this as a female living in the West (UK), second generation who always saw women living in the UK as females who went out, shopping, work, etc etc. It was all normal to me as I did not grow up with knowledge on this subject. Islam was very foreign to me in terms of masaail. However at that time there was no open mixing between the learned and unlearned. People kept within the limits to a great extent. When I was a teenager, not that long ago, this changed.

I have witnessed married scholars, muftis groom girls many years younger than themselves. Whilst Islam permits polygamy and the age difference isn’t an issue, they did not have the right intention as they continued to groom these girls without directly going to their fathers and asking for their daughters hand in marriage despite being in contact with the father.

They would use their knowledge of deen as a way of grooming these girls, talking daily, putting down their first wives and second wives to the teenage girls. This didn’t just happen in front of me but all over the UK. Some of these scholars commit zina with these girls and then use the leverage of exposing the girl if she goes to expose him due to their status in the community. People will believe him and not the naive teenager. Seeing this over and over, created a very choking environment for me. I alerted the elders many a time but despite them agreeing the evidence was there, nothing was done.

These scholars audaciously come in front of the families of the teenager and befriend them. They have no shame at all. It is very difficult for these girls to understand that one day they will have their own true loving husband because these scholars have no intention of marrying them and just stringing them along and doing whatever they can do to them in that time. So many have not been exposed because it would hurt the future of the unmarried girl. It is like they are stuck in this foggy environment where they cannot see right from wrong (we could go into the effects of fluoride here but this can be researched separately).

The 17 scholars state that time has changed so the fatwa needs modernising. Yes times have changed, they are worse. Taqwa has left. Openly sinning is the norm. Shame has left.

I enrolled and taught at different Islamic schools and madaaris and it is so easy for Shaitan to make the male and female teachers commit haraam because the parents are not around, families are not around. In the UK we have ‘safe’ means of travel in general, buses and trains and plenty of places to meet up with the opposite gender. Unfortunately there are teenagers who have had an abortion because they found themselves in the position they preached against, whether a normal every day Muslim or a student of knowledge. It’s happening in all scenarios. It’s not just the molvis and apas and madrasah students. It’s even those who are deendaar people who would never think of themselves to commit zina but have and as Muslims we should, in this day and age, absolutely accept every single advice of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam that Shaitan is the third party no matter how strong you think you are. The modern times makes it so easy for Shaitan to push us. The opportunities are there, the hotels are there, the travel options are there. One finds themselves saying it is haraam and the next second Shaitan has swept us off our feet in a situation we do not want to be in yet this brain fog stops the male and the female from leaving.

The Majlis has quoted several news articles regarding Islamophobia all over the world including the UK. In the UK people generally spread the news of a recent attack on Muslim women in their own areas and I know there are hundreds of more incidents that could have been added from the UK alone. Niqabs are being pulled off frequently but most of these are not reported. The women in that area are afraid to the extent they don’t talk about it. The answer would be to stay home but going back to my opening sentences, we are so used to going out and about despite now having the deeni knowledge we once didn’t have but then we are afraid of the consequences. We have to admit that trying to be progressive is of no use as when these muslimahs report it to the police or the supermarket then they are told there is nothing we can do. We can’t expect protection of Allah Ta’ala when we go against His Deen.

Despite all of the above, there is a change in society now. The knowledgeable deeni people are being replaced with a fresh new wave of Muslims, reverts and those Muslims who had no knowledge their entire lives but are now turning to Allah azza wa jal in hope and fear. People I would not have imagined wanting to fully practise the Deen of Allah azza wa jal are now turning to Him. After seeing the negatives above, this is very refreshing.

I cannot fathom how 17 scholars came to such a ruling because I am just one random person with very little experience and I have seen in the Haram Shareef men talking to young girls openly just like you witnessed decades ago. I have seen the stares from the young males in front to the young girl a few feet behind during tawaaf of the Ka’bah. This was a few years ago and now fitnah is worse and more open to be seen by all.

I do not need to be a mufti to see that it is unsafe for women to emerge. Recently two 14 year olds were attacked in the UK on a bus. They had friends with them. They were approached by a woman telling them to take their hijab off. I remember my teen years, we would go out on the bus and teenage Muslim girls seem to be louder than non Muslim girls. Loud giggling and cackling. I was quite shy as a teen but I was still out and about as it was the norm. It was only when I started to hang around with the non-Muslims at school did I learn proper adab and that you can be calm and respectful. I didn’t understand what the muslimahs were trying to prove by acting that way. It was very depressing. I am not saying these 14 year olds were doing that but only a 10 year old kid came to their rescue and he was attacked for doing so. The muslimahs were brutally attacked and the male who was with the attacker blocked anyone from helping the teenagers. In such an open environment I don’t see how he blocked others from helping except that this is a wake-up call from Allah Ta’ala. But instead of Muslim females acknowledging this, they protest and rant at the ‘injustice’ – that no one is helping them.

My understanding of life as a female in the west in 2020 in that we need to go back to the basic rulings of Islam from ancient books and go through each ruling one by one and act on them. We need to shun modern rulings because Allah Ta’ala is very openly telling us this is not the way. We need to accept our role and it isn’t a regressive one. This role protects us from abuse of the men outside, it means all those teenagers, now full UK adults will have no regrets of being groomed and abused. It means that mothers can concentrate on the tarbiyah of their children. It means we can complete all our qazas which majority of people in the UK have due to the schooling system instead of going to all the Islamic talks and wasting time. It means we can then catch on when a scholar makes an odd statement and not follow him blindly. If a scholar says a female can be an aalimah, hafizah and gain a degree at university then perhaps he has some things going on in his life in conflict with Deen such as attending mixed events himself because even if this aalimah sticks to her study at university and prays Salah in the Salah room, the males on the other side of the cloth still manage to gain opportunity to talk to her and make her feel worthless.

I could write an entire book on the issues that women face, the grooming, the attacks but it will not achieve anything because a muslimah needs to accept that the rulings of the early Fuqaha are Islam and this is the only way that she will find protection and ease of heart in this world. She can still have a business from home, she can still study, she can do anything within the comforts of her own home in this day and age. There are many arguments these females are putting forward to justify their need to go out but they are not valid because generally what they mean is they do not put trust in Allah and are putting trust in modernism to save the Muslims. But it isn’t working out . We’ve had all of these years of modernism, where has it got us? We can be modern. We can take the good and leave that which causes harm. This is the balance Islam provides but not accepting that the harms in the dunya are as a result of our own misconduct is something we need to work on.

From my experience, the people who spout corrupt fatwas are participating in the corruption themselves. They may only be a little into it but not realising the effects it can have on the Ummah.

Reading the examples in your book, gave me many flashbacks of the things I and other females have witnessed. It is only Allah Ta’ala’s fazl that I and other females in the west are still on the path of Islam as the roads we have tread upon were very far from Him. May Allah azza wa jall forgive us all and allow us to feel content on the rulings of the fuqaha so that we can enjoy eternall bliss in Jannah. Ameen. Wassalam (End of the Sister’s letter)


The ‘scholars’ to whom the Sister refers are in reality shayaateen (devils) in human bodies or men with the hearts of wolves as mentioned in the Hadith. They are Iblees-incarnate. They plunder the hayaa (shame and chastity) of females who are vulnerable due to their natural attribute of nuqs fil aql (intellectual deficiency). Taking gross satanic advantage of such vulnerability these devilish molvis and sheikhs gratify their zina lusts without any semblance of Imaani conscience or fear for Allah Azza Wa Jal.

These scholars of lust and agents of Iblees are the primary cause for the ruin and destruction of the Ummah. They are the worst kind of traitors in the Ummah. Under subterfuge of their outward Islamic appearance they perfidiously perpetrate heinous and scandalous crimes of zina and concupiscence. It is difficult to believe that such scoundrels as described by the Sister have any Imaan.

Further, the reality on the ground – the real dangers to which Muslim females outside the home have to be confronted with, at the very minimum testifies to the colossal ignorance of those muftis who have the temerity to issue corrupt and stupid fatwas legalizing the haraam act of women travelling without mahrams. In fact, it is haraam in our day for women to venture out of their homes to attend to even needs within the neighbourhood. In these times of fitnah and fasaad it is incumbent for a mahram to accompany a woman when she desires to visit even a next door neighbour for a valid reason. These muftis who disgorge stupid zigzag fatwas are described as mufti maajin by the Fuqaha. They are moron muftis who are adept in the art of stupid and devious interpretation for abrogating Shar’i ahkaam which have come down in the Ummah from the era of the Sahaabah. These moron muftis are in the satanic game of fabricating a new shariah to appease the modernist zanaadaqah.

Be exceptionally weary of the muftis of this age. A sincere Muslim will not become enmeshed in the tentacles of deception of the maajin muftis, if he consults his heart, for Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Seek a fatwa from your heart.”

20 Jamadul Awwal 1441 – 16 January 2020

Are You a Man Who Menstruates?

Kharshah bin al-Hurr narrated:

I saw Umar bin al-Khattaab (radhiyallahu anhu) while a young man passed by him, who had his lower garment hanging (below his ankle) and he was dragging it. So he (Umar) called him and said:

“Are you one who menstruates?”

He replied

O Ameer ul-Mu’mineen, does a man menstruate?”

He (Umar) replied:

So what is the matter with you having your lower garment (trousers) hang down upon your feet?” (ie. only women are permitted to do so)

Then he (Umar) called for a knife, gathered the hem of his trousers and cut what was below the ankles.

Karshah (the narrator) said:

It is as if I (can still) see the threads (from the professionally amputated trousers) trailing upon his heels.”

(Recorded in the Jaami’ of Sufyan ibn Uyayna. Ibn Abi Shaybah also narrates a shorter version of this incident with a Saheeh chain.)

ﻭﺃﺧﺮﺝ ﺳﻔﻴﺎﻥ ﺑﻦ ﻋﻴﻴﻨﺔ ﻓﻲ ﺟﺎﻣﻌﻪ ﻋﻦ ﺧﺮﺷﺔ ﺑﻦ اﻟﺤﺮ ﻗﺎﻝ: ﺭﺃﻳﺖ ﻋﻤﺮ ﺑﻦ اﻟﺨﻄﺎﺏ ﺭﺿﻲ اﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ ﻭﻣﺮ ﺑﻪ ﻓﺘﻰ ﻗﺪ ﺃﺳﺒﻞ ﺇﺯاﺭﻩ ﻭﻫﻮ ﻳﺠﺮﻩ، ﻓﺪﻋﺎﻩ ﻓﻘﺎﻝ ﻟﻪ: ﺃﺣﺎﺋﺾ ﺃﻧﺖ؟ ﻗﺎﻝ: ﻗﺎﻝ: ﻳﺎ ﺃﻣﻴﺮ اﻟﻤﺆﻣﻨﻴﻦ ﻭﻫﻞ ﻳﺤﻴﺾ اﻟﺮﺟﻞ؟ ﻗﺎﻝ: ﻓﻤﺎ ﺑﺎﻟﻚ ﻗﺪ ﺃﺳﺒﻠﺖ ﺇﺯاﺭﻙ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻗﺪﻣﻴﻚ؟ ﺛﻢ ﺩﻋﺎ ﺑﺸﻔﺮﺓ ﺛﻢ ﺟﻤﻊ ﻃﺮﻑ ﺇﺯاﺭﻩ ﻓﻘﻄﻊ ﻣﺎ ﺃﺳﻔﻞ اﻟﻜﻌﺒﻴﻦ، ﻭﻗﺎﻝ ﺧﺮﺷﺔ: ﻛﺄﻧﻲ ﺃﻧﻈﺮ ﺇﻟﻰ اﻟﺨﻴﻮﻁ ﻋﻠﻰ ﻋﻘﺒﻴﻪ. ﻛﺬا ﻓﻲ اﻟﻜﻨﺰ

Niqaab, Burqah And Khimaar

Niqaab, Burqah And Khimaar


A lesbian-type, moron Kaafirah belonging to the Gay-Lesbian temple in Cape Town has written an article loaded with pure stupidities to deny the Islamic law pertaining to Hijaab. In her flotsam drivel she made her best stupid endeavours to debunk the validity of the Jilbaab/Burqah, Niqaab and Khimaar (headscarf). In her satanic attempt she has succeeded in only displaying her stark ignorance and the density of her copro-brains.

Her arguments consist of only compounded rubbish which evokes the mirth of all and sundry – of even such modernists whose brains have not been convoluted by the gay-lesbian-homosexual cult.


Although the rubbish which the moron Kaafirah has disgorged does not warrant an intelligent response, we have nevertheless deemed it appropriate to refute her rubbish which may influence such ignorant Muslims who have lost their Imaani bearings. The discussion which follows is for the benefit of ignorant Muslims who may have been cast into doubt by the stinking effluvium discharged the moron Kaafirah.

Niqaab Burqah and Khimaar

Garbs of Fire

Once while Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was walking through the streets of Madinah, He noticed a Sahabi (radiyallahu ‘anhu) whose pants were below his ankles. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) advised him to raise his garments. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) also said: “Am I not an example to you?” (Shamaail Tirmizi, Hadith: 120 ; Fathul Bari, vol.10 pg.216)
Among those individuals whom Almighty Allah will not speak to on the day of Qiyamah, neither will He look with mercy towards them nor purify them of their sins, instead He will afflict them with a painful punishment: is that person who allows his pants to overlap his ankles. (Recorded by Imam Muslim –Hadith: 289- on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Zhar (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

The practice of lowering the upper garments over the ankles is absolutely detestable in the Shari’ah under all circumstances. (Faidhul Baari vol.4 pg.373)

It is Makruh Tahrimi to perform Salah in this condition. (Fatawa Mahmudiyyah, vol.17 pg.285)

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Certainly Allah does not accept the Salah of one who allows his pants over his ankles” (Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 638)

The Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) were so particular regarding this that Sayyiduna ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu), while on his death bed –after being stabbed- had noticed a young person in his presence whose pants were below his ankles, despite his ill condition, he reprimanded him for that. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 3700)

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “That part of [the leg which is covered by] a trouser that overlaps the ankles will be in the Fire of Jahannum.” (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5787)

Moulana Ashraf ‘Al Thanwi (rahimahullah) states that this prohibition has two aspects:

1) The actual deed of lowering the garment over the ankle.

2) Doing this out of pride. Therefore the one who does not do so out of pride is still guilty of the former aspect. (Imdaadul Fataawa, vol.4 pg.122) Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al-‘Asqalani (rahimahullah) – the renown commentator of Sahih Bukhari- has cited four reasons for this prohibition of Shari’ah:

a)”Israaf” (wastage) and this is forbidden by the Quran.

b) Resemblance to women because Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) had only permitted women to allow a portion of their upper garments over their ankles. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) has cursed those men who imitate women and those women that imitate men. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 5885)

c) The inevitability of the pants becoming soiled with impurities while being dragged on the ground or trampled by the shoes. This is borne out of the fact that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) , upon seeing a companion’s garment overlapping the ankles, said: “Raise your cloth, for it is certainly a cleaner practice.” (Shamail Tirmidhi ; Fathul Bari vol.10 pg.216)

d) It denotes pride. The Illustrious Maliki Scholar: Hafiz Ibnul ‘Arabi (rahimahullah) states: “It is impermissible for an individual to lower his clothing over his ankles and claim that he does not do so out of pride… This claim of his is unacceptable. Instead this practice in itself is a sign of him having pride!” (Fathul Bari vol.10 pg.217) Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) further comments: “The lowering of the clothing (over the ankles) is by nature such that it causes pride even though the individual did not intend so at the outset. This is substantiated by the following Hadith narrated by Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said -as part of a lengthy narration- : “Be careful of dragging your pants, for this is an act of pride in itself.” Hafiz ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) has also quoted a narration recorded by Imams Nasai (rahimahullah), Ibn Majah (rahimahullah) and Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) on the authority of Sayyiduna Mugheerah bin Shu’bah (radiyallah ‘anhu) that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Do not commit “Isbal” (lowering of garments over the ankles) for verily Allah does not love those who do so.” (Fathul Bari, vol.10 pg.217)

The Respected Moulana Badre ‘Aalam Meerthi (rahimahullah), a renowned student of Imam ul ‘Asr, Moulana Anwar Shah al Kashmiri (rahimahullah) has mentioned in his footnotes on Faidhul Bari (which is a compilation of the lessons of Moulana Anwar Shah Al Kashmiri (rahimahullah) on Sahih Bukhari) that those who drag their upper garments generally do so out of pride. And even if one claims not to have pride, definitely sooner or later pride will enter his heart. This is so because many a times one’s outer condition has an affect on one’s inner self. For example, names that have a good meaning tend to have a good effect on a person and vise versa. Therefore since this action of lowering the garments over the ankles was, and still is the practice of the proud and haughty ones, its effect will certainly be found in those who initially didn’t have pride”. (Footnotes on Faidhul Bari, vol.4 pg.374) In the light of this, a fifth reason for its prohibition would be: resembling the proud and arrogant ones. (Fatawa Mahmudiyyah) Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever resembles a nation is regarded as one of them.” (Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4027)

May Almighty Allah guide us towards the truth and to practicing the truth and may He save us from this very subtle disease of pride regarding which our beloved Rasul (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) warned: “Never will he enter Jannah in whose heart exists pride equal to even a mustard seed.” (Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 261-263)

This action may seem simple, but by adopting it, we would go a long way in our endeavor of following the blessed Sunnah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) .


European countries and even the kuffaar gov-ernment of Algeria have banned the Niqaab. Ostensibly the ban is a display of hatred for Islam. Nevertheless, the prelude for this banning is the abandonment of true Hijaab by Muslims themselves. As such, it is a punishment of Allah Ta’ala.
Hijaab is not restricted to donning the Niqaab. Hijaab is a whole system which requires Muslim females to remain within the precincts of the home. Muslim women all over the world have completely abandoned Hi-jaab. In fact, they regard the niqaab as a licence for free and unrestricted roaming and prowling in the public domain.
As a punishment, Allah Ta’ala is now inflicting the phenomenon of islamophobia which brings humiliation and danger to Muslim women who deem it appropriate to wander around in public places.
When Muslims themselves indulge in flagrant violation of the ahkaam of the Shariah, then Allah Ta’ala humiliates and punishes us in different ways. Islamophobia is one such way.
Muslims are deserving of the humiliation which they have invited with their rebellion against Allah Ta’ala.