What clothes did the Prophet Muhammad PBUH wear?

Sunna clothing doesn't exist!

On my way to the mosque, I sometimes see young men in white robes wearing Nike or Adidas shoes. According to their imagination, they would wear Sunna clothing with which they strut beautifully through the area. Well, the Prophet ﷺ wore neither Nike shoes nor a white robe made in China.

What many forget today is that the Prophet ﷺ and the early Muslims, apart from being ignorant of the term sunnah clothing, wore the same clothing as the polytheists from Mecca. At that time, many people knitted their clothes themselves (which is also a sunna, by the way) and the clothes that you could buy in the markets at that time were not only made by local tailors, but came from the Byzantine or Persian Empire, from Yemen or from India. In other words, the Muslims at that time wore what other people in the world wore. The Prophet ﷺ did not come to establish a certain style of clothing, after all, he is not a fashion designer. The Prophet ﷺ spoke generally about covering the body and warned people against arrogance and showing off by clothing.

When other peoples adopted Islam, they did not adopt a particular style of clothing at that time. The Muslims in Morocco, for example, have different clothes than the Muslims in China and the Muslims in Indonesia dress differently than the Muslims in Egypt or Turkey. Yes, before globalization brought clothing into line, there were different styles of clothing within a country. A Muslim in the 21st century in Germany who wears trousers and a jacket follows the Sunnah of the Prophet ﷺ no less than someone else who is now wearing a robe, for example. Both wear modern clothes and both cover their bodies. To think that one would be more pious and practice more sunnah by wearing certain clothing is simply a naive idea of ​​both sunna and fashion history.

Like the Prophet ﷺ and the early church, no one dresses today, even if many have this wishful thinking and even if many think the type of dress is somehow transmitted like a hadith. Even the bright white, bleached, industrially produced white color was not known before industrialization. When white paint is mentioned in the old sources, it is more likely to mean a light beige color, because the high degree of bleaching can only be produced chemically and not with the old bleaching agents of antiquity. That means: It is very likely that the Muslims did not know the bright, super-duper white color of our time in the past.

The cuts and patterns used to be different than they are today. Thank goodness there are descriptions, miniatures and also pieces of clothing from earlier centuries that can be seen in the museums. Clothing, like other elements of culture such as the kitchen or art, is constantly changing. I would not be exaggerating if I said that most of what is sold as sunna clothing today, unless it is a 20th century invention, is at most a relic of 19th century fashion.

Since when does clothing made of polyester or cotton, which are produced by modern slaves on the world market, deserve the addition of the sunna? Does the production method in China or Bangladesh correspond to the minimum level of human dignity for which the Prophet ﷺ stood with his Sunnah? It is really presumptuous to call such clothing a sunna clothing. It's just a piece of clothing without any additions. And no, there is no such thing as sunna clothing. These white robes, made in China, correspond in their cut, color and pattern to modern clothing of our time and have little in common with the clothing of the Prophet ﷺ or the people of the 7th century. More precisely, these robes are just European shirts ... that go down to the ankles, nothing more and nothing less.

The same applies to clothing from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan or Morocco. These clothes have as much to do with the sunna as jeans and a leather jacket, but subtly they folklore to the sunna style. Local clothing styles from our time must not be elevated to a prototype of supposed Sunna clothing. No, the Prophet ﷺ did not dress like a Saudi or a 20th century Pakistani and no, he did not dress like an ottoman from the 18th century. If he and his church lived in our time, then he would dress like the people around him, and that is the Sunnah.

An even worse problem is strutting in sunna style clothing and even worse is categorizing people based on their clothing. The piety of people is determined by their clothing, think many Muslims who are shaped by the visual culture of modernity. Phrases such as "Mashallah he or she is wearing sunnah clothing" make it appear that this person is a better person because of clothing. The Prophet ﷺ said, however: "There are men with dusty, unkempt hair who only wear two rags and yet, if they asked God for something, God would answer their supplications." outwardness is allowed to draw conclusions about the inwardness of man.

Today the abstract sunna clothing has been turned into a brand that has been nicely introduced into the categories of capitalism. In numerous so-called "online shops", i.e. online shops, I see the designation such as jogging clothing Sunna Style or other items of clothing that are sunnatized. As far as I am concerned, you can wear what you want, but please leave the Sunnah and the Prophet ﷺ alone and do not make the Sunna a label for marketing.