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)

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