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Cuffing the pants in prayer by Shaykh Zaid Al Madhkhali

Cuffing the pants in prayer by Shaykh Zaid Al Madhkhali
Question: What is the ruling on rising or cuffing the pants in prayer if they are beneath the ankles?
Answer: Obligatory. If the pants or the garment, or the trousers, or the izar, hangs beneath the ankles the man falls into a sin from the major sins and this is not specific to the prayer, rather it is general for all times. As it appears in the hadith:
لَا يَنْظُرُ اللَّهُ إِلَى مَنْ جَرَّ ثَوْبَهُ خُيَلَاءَ
[Allah will not look at the one (man) who drags his garment out of arrogance].[1]

If a person comes with an attempt to remain neutral saying “I don’t drag my garment due to arrogance rather it is normal or routine.”
Then bring him the proof with another narration, the statement of the Messenger of Allah :
مَا أَسْفَلَ مِنْ الْكَعْبَيْنِ فَفِي النَّارِ
[Whatever is beneath the ankles is in the fire].[2]

So he did not say, “due to arrogance” nor did he restrict this to a condition or a description. Therefore there are two punishments for the one who drags his garment, one of them being more severe than the other and they are both severe. The one who drags his garment arrogantly, haughty, or proudly, Allah will not look at him on the Day of Judgment. (Allah will not look at him) to belittle him and as a punishment for him because he was arrogant and due to him competing with Allah for an attribute that does not belong to the creation, rather it only belongs to the Creator.  As appears in the Hadith Qudsi Allah the Exalted says:
الْكِبْرِيَاءُ رِدَائِي وَالْعَظَمَةُ إِزَارِي فَمَنْ نَازَعَنِي وَاحِدًا مِنْهُمَا قَذَفْتُهُ فِي النَّارِ

Pride is My cloak and greatness is My robe, and he who competes with Me in respect of either of them, I shall cast into the Hell Fire.[3]

Allah has named Himself, (الْمُتَكَبِّرُ) the Supreme, and He is deserving of this name, as appear in Sura Al Hashr.[4]
As for the creation then it is not permissible for them to be proud, haughty, or arrogant, rather he (man) is weak from start to finish, and in between.

Then if it is said, “I don’t intend to be arrogant rather this is just the custom of the people” then there is the second hadith, “whatever is beneath the ankle is in the fire”, meaning the person wearing the garment. This narration proves this is a crime, evil, and a major sin. Thus whoever does this, letting his garment drag without any concern for this severe threat then he is foolish. He is the cause for his own destruction and harsh punishment that the soul is not able to bear and the body is not able to protect itself from and it is the fire.
Translated by Rasheed Barbee

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