Did the Holy Prophet (sa) wear a turban?


Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa was asked various questions about Ahmadiyyat, the attire of the Promised Messiahas and Hazrat Khalifatul Masih and about some of the items used by them. Huzooraa, in a letter dated 23 March 2020, gave the following reply to those questions:

“In the ahadith, it has been narrated by various companions that the Holy Prophetsa used to wear a turban [imamah]. Hence, Hazrat Jabirra bin Abdullah narrates that when the Holy Prophetsa entered Mecca on the day of the conquest of Mecca, he had a black turban on his blessed head.

“Similarly, Hazrat Amrra ibn Huraith narrates that Allah’s Messengersa addressed the people and he had a black turban on his blessed head. (Sahih Muslim, Kitab al-Hajj, bab jawazi dukhooli makkata bi-ghairi ihraa)

“The Promised Messiahas mentions this sunnah of the Holy Prophetsa and says:

“‘The Holy Prophetsa used to wear an izar [loose lower garment] and it is also proven that he acquired saraweel [trousers], which we call pajama or tambi [in the vernacular].’ (Al Hakam, No. 14, Vol. 7,  17 April 1903, p. 8)

“The Promised Messiahas was a true lover, perfect follower and a true servant of his master and guide, the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa, the Chosen One. Thus, he also wore a turban according to the sunnah of the Holy Prophetsa.

“As far as your suggestion for the Promised Messiahas to make a hair knot instead of wearing the turban is concerned, it should be remembered that Allah the Exalted conferred the status of a zilli and ummati prophet upon the Promised Messiahas owing to his most excellent level of obedience and an utmost degree of love for the Holy Prophetsa. Prophets are among the signs of Allah [sha‘airullah] and their respect and reverence is obligatory upon us. Therefore, such suggestions about the personality of a prophet are considered against his status […].”

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