Is Wearing Pants Haram in Islam? Guides For Muslim Women

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Pants are a common type of clothing that many people wear for various reasons. They are long trousers that cover the legs and sometimes the ankles. But are they compatible with Islam? Is wearing pants haram?

When it comes to clothing choices in Islam, particularly for women, the permissibility of wearing pants depends on specific guidelines and considerations.

Wearing pants is permissible for Muslim women as long as they adhere to the guidelines of adequately covering awrah, are not sheer or tight, and do not reveal the body’s contours.

Key Takeaways

๐Ÿ“Œ Wearing pants is generally permissible for Muslim women as long as they adhere to guidelines of modesty, including ensuring that the pants are not tight, revealing, or resembling non-Muslim clothing.
๐Ÿ“Œ Contemporary Islamic scholars recognize that the permissibility of women wearing pants has evolved based on changing societal norms and considerations of resemblance to men.
๐Ÿ“Œ While pants are allowed, modesty and appropriateness in clothing are essential principles to follow in Islam, especially when in public or visiting a mosque.

Islamic Ruling on Wearing Pants for Women

The scholars used to judge that it is forbidden for women to wear pants based on the following hadiths:

ุญูŽุฏูŽู‘ุซูŽู†ูŽุง ู…ูŽุญู’ู…ููˆุฏู ุจู’ู†ู ุบูŽูŠู’ู„ุงูŽู†ูŽุŒ ุญูŽุฏูŽู‘ุซูŽู†ูŽุง ุฃูŽุจููˆ ุฏูŽุงูˆูุฏูŽ ุงู„ุทูŽู‘ูŠูŽุงู„ูุณููŠูู‘ุŒ ุญูŽุฏูŽู‘ุซูŽู†ูŽุง ุดูุนู’ุจูŽุฉูุŒ ูˆูŽู‡ูŽู…ูŽู‘ุงู…ูŒุŒ ุนูŽู†ู’ ู‚ูŽุชูŽุงุฏูŽุฉูŽุŒ ุนูŽู†ู’ ุนููƒู’ุฑูู…ูŽุฉูŽุŒ ุนูŽู†ู ุงุจู’ู†ู ุนูŽุจูŽู‘ุงุณูุŒ ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ู„ูŽุนูŽู†ูŽ ุฑูŽุณููˆู„ู ุงู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุตู„ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ูˆุณู„ู… ุงู„ู’ู…ูุชูŽุดูŽุจูู‘ู‡ูŽุงุชู ุจูุงู„ุฑูู‘ุฌูŽุงู„ู ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ู†ูู‘ุณูŽุงุกู ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ู…ูุชูŽุดูŽุจูู‘ู‡ููŠู†ูŽ ุจูุงู„ู†ูู‘ุณูŽุงุกู ู…ูู†ูŽ ุงู„ุฑูู‘ุฌูŽุงู„ู

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:
“The Messenger of Allah (๏ทบ) cursed the women who imitate men and the men who imitate women.”
ูˆูŽุนูŽู†ู ุงูุจู’ู†ู ุนูู…ูŽุฑูŽ โ€-ุฑูŽุถููŠูŽ ุงูŽู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุนูŽู†ู’ู‡ูู…ูŽุงโ€- ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ: ู‚ูŽุงู„ูŽ ุฑูŽุณููˆู„ู ุงูŽู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ู โ€- ุตู„ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ูˆุณู„ู… โ€-{ ู…ูŽู†ู’ ุชูŽุดูŽุจูŽู‘ู‡ูŽ ุจูู‚ูŽูˆู’ู…ู, ููŽู‡ููˆูŽ ู…ูู†ู’ู‡ูู…ู’ } ุฃูŽุฎู’ุฑูŽุฌูŽู‡ู ุฃูŽุจููˆ ุฏูŽุงูˆูุฏูŽ, ูˆูŽุตูŽุญูŽู‘ุญูŽู‡ู ุงูุจู’ู†ู ุญูุจูŽู‘ุงู†ูŽ

Ibn โ€™Umar (RAA) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (๏ทบ) said:

โ€œHe who imitates any people (in their actions) is considered to be one of them.โ€
Narrated by Abu Dawud and Ibn Hibban graded it as Sahih.

In the past, women wearing trousers might have been seen as resembling men, as trousers were historically associated with men’s attire.

However, societal norms have evolved over time, and trousers are no longer exclusively reserved for men. In response to the interpretation of a hadith that may not be explicitly specific, scholars may issue specific statements, considering the illat (legal reasons).

If the illat, or legal reason, for a particular ruling, is based on tasyabbuh (resemblance) or likeness, and it becomes evident that the items being likened have changed over time and are no longer exclusive to a particular group or gender, the legal ruling can change accordingly.

For instance, in the book “Mufashshal Juz 3,” page 343, scholars mention that women are permitted to wear trousers that are not designed as a distinct style for men. This implies that women can wear various styles of trousers, provided they adequately cover their private parts, do not accentuate the body’s curves, and are worn with longer garments to cover the lower part of the body.

This illustrates how changes in societal norms and the evolution of the illat can lead to changes in Islamic legal rulings. Since the hadith does not explicitly forbid women from wearing trousers but rather emphasizes avoiding resemblance to men, the permissibility of women wearing trousers has evolved based on these considerations.

Is Wearing Pants Haram?

Wearing pants is generally not considered haram (forbidden) in Islam for Muslim women. Modesty and appropriateness in clothing are essential principles to follow, especially in public or when visiting a mosque.

Guidelines for Wearing Pants in Islam

muslim women wearing pants

Here are some general guidelines for wearing pants in Islam:

  1. Muslim women can wear pants as long as they meet specific criteria. They should not be tight or revealing one’s skin.
  2. The pants should not outline the shape of one’s limbs.
  3. It’s important that the pants do not resemble the clothing of non-Muslim women.
  4. Avoid wearing pants for the sake of fame or vanity.
  5. Muslim women can wear pants at home, but when in public, it is recommended to wear full-body covering clothing that is not revealing.
  6. Muslim men can wear jeans as long as they are not overly tight and adequately cover the area between the navel and the knees.

It’s crucial to remember that Islam places a strong emphasis on modesty and discourages clothing that may lead to temptation and sin.

Therefore, choosing modest attire that conceals one’s awrah and doesn’t reveal the body’s contours is encouraged. Additionally, dressing appropriately according to the occasion and cultural norms is essential.


The permissibility of wearing pants in Islam, especially for women, depends on adhering to specific guidelines and considerations. While historical interpretations may have frowned upon women wearing trousers due to their perceived resemblance to men, contemporary societal norms have evolved.

Scholars recognize that the illat (legal reasons) for certain rulings can change over time, especially when the items being likened are no longer exclusive to a particular gender or group. As a result, the permissibility of women wearing trousers has evolved based on these considerations.

Allah A’lam (Allah Knows Best)


Can Muslim women wear pants in public?

Yes, Muslim women can wear pants in public as long as they adhere to specific guidelines and considerations of modesty. The key criteria include ensuring that the pants are not excessively tight, revealing, or form-fitting. Additionally, it’s important that the pants do not resemble the clothing typically worn by non-Muslim women.

While wearing pants in public is generally allowed, Muslim women are encouraged to choose modest clothing that covers their awrah and does not reveal the contours of their bodies. It’s essential to dress appropriately according to Islamic principles of modesty and cultural norms while in public settings.

Can Muslim women wear short pants?

Muslim women are generally advised to avoid wearing short pants, especially in public, as they may not meet the criteria of modesty prescribed by Islamic guidelines. The primary concern is that short pants may not adequately cover the awrah (private parts) and may reveal a significant portion of the legs, which is typically discouraged in Islam.

However, Muslim women are allowed to wear pants in their homes or private places where there are no non-mahram people around.

Can a woman wear pants to a mosque?

Many mosques have dress codes that require both men and women to dress modestly when entering the mosque. While the specifics can vary from one mosque to another, the general guidelines for dressing in a mosque include:

  1. Modesty: Both men and women should dress in a modest manner that covers their awrah (nakedness). For men, this typically means wearing loose-fitting clothing that covers the body, including the area between the navel and the knees. For women, it involves wearing clothing that covers the entire body except for the face and hands, and it should not be tight or revealing.
  2. Cleanliness: It’s essential to wear clean and well-maintained clothing when attending a mosque out of respect for the sacred space.
  3. Headscarf: Muslim women are often required to wear a headscarf (hijab) as a sign of modesty when entering a mosque. Some mosques may provide headscarves for visitors who do not have their own.
  4. Remove shoes: It’s customary to remove shoes before entering the prayer area of a mosque.
  5. Avoid strong scents: It’s considerate to avoid strong perfumes or scents, as they may distract or disturb others during prayer.

Regarding pants, women can wear pants to a mosque as long as they meet the criteria of modesty mentioned above. Many Muslim women choose to wear loose-fitting pants or skirts that extend below the knees when attending the mosque. It’s essential to respect the specific dress code of the mosque you plan to visit, as requirements may vary.

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