Abdullah ibn Abbas RA says that Rasulullah SAW used to say:
"Choose white clothing, as it is the best clothing. White clothing should be worn whilst living, and the dead should be buried in white."
In the above Hadith it is not literally stated as to whether the Prophet Muhammad SAW wore white clothing. Nevertheless, the above Hadith is synergised by what has been clearly stated in the Sahih Bukhari that Rasulullah SAW wore white clothing. Rasulullah SAW was a person who elegantly preached what he himself (SAW) practiced. Thus, when Rasulullah SAW encouraged the wearing of white clothing, then obviously he (SAW) himself must have worn it too.
Samurah bin Jundub RA says:
"Rasulullah (SAW) said - "Wear white clothing because it is more Taahir (pure) and clean; and also clothe your dead in it."
By the phrase - "it is more Taahir (pure) and clean" - is meant that if a small stain appears, it will show clearly, whereas in coloured clothing it does not show easily.
Ummul Mu'mineen, A'ishah RA reports:
"Rasulullah (SAW) once left the house in the morning, wearing a sheet made of black hair."
Mughirah bin Shu'bah RA says:
"Rasulullah (SAW) wore a rumi Jubbah which had narrow sleeves."
This incident was at the time of the Battle of Tabuk between the Sahabah RA and the Roman Byzantine Empire. The Ulama have interpreted from this Hadith that a thing made by non-believers is not najis until we can outwardly find this. Upto that time there were no Muslims in Rome, and Rasulullah SAW wore the clothing made by them.
Sunday, 1 June 2008