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Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “Allah Ta’ala does not look at your features (that who is more beautiful or what is her complexion) and wealth, but He looks at your hearts and actions.” (Saheeh Muslim #6543) While millions are spent on cosmetics, clothing, jewellery, etc, to adorn the outerself, how much effort do we make to purify our hearts and treat the maladies that create a terrible stench therein? The procedure to purify the heart is to refer to the Mashaayikh (spiritual guides) and seek the remedies to one’s spiritual ailments. Hadhrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (mudda zilluhu) is among the spiritual giants of our time who has helped numerous people overcome their spiritual maladies. A selection of the correspondence of those seeking spiritual guidance will be posted for general benefit. May Allah Ta’ala make it a means of our complete rectification.

Love for Good Clothing


Correspondence of  Hazrat Moulana Shah Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saheb (rahimahullah)


I like beautiful and good clothes and shoes. Is it fine to purchase and wear these?

Does doing so entail love for the world? Will it be an obstacle for the love of Allah Ta‘ala entering my heart?


Paying too much of attention to this is not good. It is the habit of some women to wear a new set of clothing for every different occasion. As long as you have clothes, shoes, etc. do not purchase new ones unnecessarily. Wear the same clothes for all occasions.

Hazrat Thaanwi (rahimahullah) said, “When the love of jewellery and clothing leaves a woman’s heart, it is a sign that she has become a person of nisbat (she has developed a close affinity with Allah Ta‘ala).”

(Solutions to Spiritual Maladies for the Lovers of Allah Ta‘ala, pg. 476)

Uswatul Muslimah Comment: While it is permissible to have good clothing provided it conforms to sharee‘ah, the practise of many women that they must have new garments for every function is the particular aspect that is being warned against. Even if a garment was worn only once, many will not wear it on another occasion because “they already saw me in this outfit”. Such thinking falls under the ambit of the hadeeth, “The one who wears garments to show off, Allah Ta‘ala will dress him in garments of disgrace on the Day of Qiyaamah.” (Sunan ibni Maajah #3606)