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  • Izar

    An Izar (Arabic: ازار) refers to the Ihram garment which wraps around the waist and covers the lower portion of the body. Generally, any type of clothing which is tied around the waist and covers the lower half of the body is referred to as an Izar.

    How to Wear the Izar

    1. Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart ensuring you have enough room to walk freely once it’s tied. Maintain this position until the bottom part of the Ihram is secure.
    2. Proceed to wrap the top part around the waist. Depending on the length of the garment, you will be able to wrap the garment around your waist more than once.
    3. Once the Ihram is wrapped around your waist, begin to fold and tuck in from the top of the Ihram in increments of about 10 centimetres. This should ensure the Ihram is held securely.
    4. The Izar should cover your entire Awrah. Any portion of your body from your navel to your knees should not be visible.
    5. The Izar must not exceed the ankles. It is Sunnah for it to reach half way down the shin, just above your ankles.

    Hadith

    أَخْبَرَنَا إِسْحَاقُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، وَمُحَمَّدُ بْنُ قُدَامَةَ، عَنْ جَرِيرٍ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ أَبِي إِسْحَاقَ، عَنْ مُسْلِمِ بْنِ نُذَيْرٍ، عَنْ حُذَيْفَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ مَوْضِعُ الإِزَارِ إِلَى أَنْصَافِ السَّاقَيْنِ وَالْعَضَلَةِ فَإِنْ أَبَيْتَ فَأَسْفَلَ فَإِنْ أَبَيْتَ فَمِنْ وَرَاءِ السَّاقِ وَلاَ حَقَّ لِلْكَعْبَيْنِ فِي الإِزَارِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ وَاللَّفْظُ لِمُحَمَّدٍ ‏.‏

    It was narrated that Hudhaifah رضي الله عنه said: “The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: ‘The Izar should come to the middle of the shins and the calf. If you insist, then a little lower, and if you insist, then a little further down, but the Izar has no right to (come to) the ankle.” This is the wording of Muhammad ﷺ.
    [Narrated in Sunan al-Nasa’i]

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