Wearing The Turban/Amaamah, A Forgotten Sunnah

19 Feb

Hazrat Mughaira ibn Sho’ba (radiAllahu anhu) reports that the beloved prophet(Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam) performed wudu and made Masah of the front portion of his head as well as of his turban and leather socks. (Bukhari Shareef Vol.1 Pg. 33)

Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (radiAllahu anhu) reports that the beloved Nabi (Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam) addressed the people while wearing a black turban. (Muslim Shareef Vol. 1 Pg. 134)

Hazrat Jaabir (radiAllahu anhu) reports that on the occasion of Fath-e-Makkah (The Conquest of Makkah),  the beloved  (Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam) entered Makkah Mukarramah while wearing a black turban. (Shamaail Tirmizi Pg 8; Ibn Majah Pg.256)

Hazrat Ibn Abbas (radiAllahu anhu) reports that during the illness just prior to his passing away, Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) addressed the Sahaba while wearing a black turban. (Muslim Vol.1 Pg. 439; Tirmizi Vol.1 Pg 304; lbnMajah Pg. 256)

Hazrat Abu Saeed Khudri (radiAllahu anhu) narrates: ” It was the practice of  the beloved (Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam) that whenever he wore a new item of clothing, he would (first) take the name of it. i.e. turban or Kurta or Chaadar (cloak). Thereafter, he would make the following dua – “O Allah, I am indeed grateful to You for this clothing which You have granted me. I beg of You the virtue of it and the benefit for which it was made. I seek protection in You from its harm and from the evil which it was created for.

Hazrat Huraith (radiAllahu anhu) narrates that he saw the beloved (Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam) standing on the pulpit while he had on a black turban. Both the loose ends of the turban were hanging between his shoulder blades. (Muslim Vol.1 Pg. 490; Ibn Abi Shaibah Vol.8, Pg.239, Ibn Majah Pg. 256,  Pg.653)

Hazrat Ayesha (radiAllahu anha) narrates that once a person riding a Turkish horse (a particular breed of horse) came to the beloved (Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam)  The rider had on a  turban, the tail of which hung between his shoulders. She questioned  concerning him. The beloved  (Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam) expressed surprise over the fact that she had seen the rider and informed her that it was Jibraeel (Alayhi sallam).
 Hazrat Ayesha (radiAllahu anha) narrates that the beloved (Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam) tied on the turban of Hazrat Abdur Rahmaan Ibn Auf (radiAllahu anhu) and allowed for a tail the length of four fingers. He said: “When I ascended to the sky (reference to the Meraj), I saw that most of the angels had on turbans”.

Hazrat Ubadah (radiAllahu anhu) reports that the prophet (Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam) said: “Make a practice of tying turbans since it is a hallmark of the Angels. Futhermore, tie them in such a manner that the tail hangs at the back”. (Baihaqi reported it in Shu’abul Iman; Mishkat Pg. 377)

Adopt the turban as it will increase your forebearance. Hold fast to the turban as it is the sign of the angels. Also let the loose end hang from the back (Baihaqi has reported this from Hazrat Ibn Abbas (radiAllahu anhu) marffoo’an (a narration in which the words of the beloved (Sall’Allahu Ta’ala Alayhi Wa’alihi Wa’sallam) are reported).

.The reward of the Salah performed while wearing the turban is multiplied 25 times while (Dailami has reported this in his Musnad from Hazrat  Ibn Urnar (radiAllahu anhu) The angels attend the Jumu’ah while wearing turbans.  Hence, those people who are wearing turbans receive the benefit that the angels make dua for them till sunset.

The Jumu’ah performed while wearing a turban is 70 times superior to a Jumu’ah without a turban. (Dailami hadiths)

Some of Allah Ta’ala’s angels stand at the door of the Masjid and seek repentance on behalf
of those wearing white turban
s. (Dailami hadith 28)

Narrated from Hazrat Ibn Umar (radiAllahu anhu) and Hazrat Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) Two rakaats of Salah performed while wearing the turban are superior to seventy rakaats performed without a turban.

(Narrated by Hazrat Jaabir (radiAllahu anhu) Allah Ta’ala causes his mercy to decend on the people wearing turbans on the day of Jumu’ah and his angels make dua for such people.

(Dailami reports from Hazrat Abu Darda (radiAllahu anhu) The turban distinguishes the Muslim from the Mushriks.
(Narrated from Hazrat Ali Radiallahu Anhu) Wearing turbans over one’s topees distinguishes us from the Mushrikeen.

(Narrated from Rukana (radiAllahu anhu) Sakhawi – pg. 466)

It is perhaps due to these very narrations that the Fuqaha (Islamic Jurists) have accepted the fact that the remuneration of the salaah performed while wearing a turban is greater than one performed without it. (Kabiri pg. 214)

The reason is that the common factor in the purport of all these narrations is an increase in reward. It is reported from Hazrat Sa’eed Ibn Jubair radiAllahu anhu that when Jibraeel (Alayhi sallam)  came down to punish Firoun (Pharaoh), he had on a black turban. (Ibne Abi Shaibah vol. 8 pg. 326) (Radul Muhtaar from Tahtawi)

Prayer offered wearing an turban is seventy times more excellent than that offered without. (Ihya Uloom ud Deen
‘Imaam al Ghazaali)

Ulema and muhaddiths and awliya have stated the length was between  at times 7 yards, sometimes eleven and sometimes 13 yards of material

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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Sunnah


One response to “Wearing The Turban/Amaamah, A Forgotten Sunnah

  1. Muzzamil

    March 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM



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