As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 10


Dressing children with the attires of their siblings who are from the opposite gender

Question: Sometimes children grow out of their clothe sizes while their garments are still in good condition. Is it allowed to dress one's daughter with the son's attires or vice versa?

Answer by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Saleh al-Uthaimeen (rahimahullah), 'It is not allowed to dress one's daughter with the boy's clothes nor the boy should be clothed in girl's attire because this brings about imitation of the man to the woman and the imitation of the women to the man. It is established from the Prophet (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) that he prohibited and cursed those women who imitate men and those men who imitate women. So, the scholars have ruled that it is Haraam to dress a child with that which is Haraam to dress an adult. Based upon this principle, if one has good clothes that do not fit him then he should give them in charity to the needy in his country or forward them to those who are deprived in other countries. It is not allowed to waste clothes while they can be utilized, for the Prophet (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam) prohibited wastage of money. Destroying that which is suitable to be made use of while someone else could utilize it is wasting money.' [Noor ala-Darb (24Jun 2004)]

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