Ruling on Wearing a Tie at work!

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Question: I just had a quick question for you and I hope that you can shine some light on the situation. It is regarding a tie. Currently at work they are now requiring for me to dress up smart and indicating the clothing in a suit and shirt etc.

I was wondering what is the ruling regarding the tie. I am fully aware that the silk ties are not permissible, but how about normal ones?

Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

It is normally believed that the origins of ties are the Christian cross and thus it is totally impermissible to wear them.

However, one of the great Jurists of the world, my respected teacher, Shaykh Mufti Taqi Usmani (Allah preserve him) researched the origins of ties by looking into various books compiled on the history of each clothing, but was not able to find that it originates from the cross.

It is also not considered imitation of the non-Believers (Kuffar) because it is not something that is uniquely characteristic of them, unless one does so because one WANTS to be like the Kuffars.

Therefore, it would be permissible to wear ties, though better not to whenever reasonably possible, as it is superior to avoid the dress of the unbelievers even if there is no imitation of them. One should avoid wearing it in prayer and other times and should only confine it work, as many scholars have declared it to be impermissible.

And Allah Knows Best
Muhammad ibn Adam
Darul Iftaa
Leicester, UK

Article taken (with Thanks) from Darul Ifta


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