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1018 As an Active use of the internet, I wanted to search information about Ahle Sunnat and one of my friends who is slightly different from me asked me to join some groups in FaceBook. There I came across about men’s attire and it was written that Wearing Red for Men is not allowed.

I really couldn’t digest the point and after a lot of thinking I remembered my mom reading a book to me when I was small.

The incident about Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W) and the occasion of Eid with His (S.A.W) grandsons Imam Hassan (R.A) and Imam Hussain (R.A). There both the kids tell their grandfather that they don’t have new clothes as others and Hazrat Jibaril (A.S) comes with various colours of dyes and asked both to select which ever colour they want.

Imam Hassan (R.A) selects green and Imam Hussain (R.A) selects red. Then our Prophet (S.A.W) saw Hazrat Jibraeel was sad and asked the reason. Therefore he replied that the child who selected Green will be killed given poison and the one selected red will die a martyr.

Hence my query goes on... At that particular point why didn’t Our Prophet (S.A.W) mention anything about not wearing the colour red for men when his beloved Grandson himself had chosen that colour for himself? I would like to know if really there is some restriction on wearing red, so that I can ask my known people to avoid wearing Red.
I have come across the event you are referring to, where Hazrat Jibrail (A.S) brings both Imam Hassan and Hussain (R.A) clothes, but in the event it doesn’t mention anything about the various coloured dyes and the event you mention afterwards.

The Holy Prophet (S.A.W) wore Black, Green and Saffron coloured clothes, yet His (S.A.W) favourite and beloved colour was white. Rasoolullah (S.A.W) greatly detested red coloured clothes.

Once, Hadrat Abdullah bin Umar (R.A) came to Rasoolullah (S.A.W) while wearing such clothes, when the Prophet (S.A.W) asked, “What kind of clothes are these?”, expressing his dislike for the colour. The Sahaabi (R.A) then enquired whether he should burn it, when Rasoolullah (S.A.W) replied, “No, give it to a woman to wear”.

Similarly, the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) once passed by a person wearing two red coloured clothes. When the man greeted Him, He (S.A.W) didn’t respond. (Abu Dawood Shareef, Vol 2, Page 207-8).

(Information taken from : Muhammed (S.A.W), The Prophet of Islam by Allama Abdul Mustafa Aazmi, P323-324 (Ahsanul Ulama Publications))

From the above AHadith it is clear that red coloured clothes worn by men was disliked by the Holy Prophet (S.A.W).

(Answered by: Hafiz Mohammed Akhtar)
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