Ruling for Girls Dressing Like Boys

What is the ruling for girls who like dressing like a boy?

Islam forbids men to imitate women and women to imitate men, and in fact it emphatically forbids that, to such an extent that the Prophet (ﷺ) cursed those who go against the human nature with which Allah created them. It was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbas (رضى الله عنه) that the Prophet (ﷺ) cursed men who imitate women and women who imitate men, and he said:

“Throw them out of your houses.”[1]

Undoubtedly, one of the most obvious signs of an effeminate man is that he wears women’s clothing and imitates their ways. It was narrated that Abu

Hurairah (رضى الله عنه) said:

"The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) cursed the man who wears women’s clothing and the woman who wears men’s clothing." [2]

 ‘Aa’ishah (رضى الله عنها) said:

"The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) cursed masculinized women." [3]

 Al-Mannaawi (رحمه الله) said:

“As al-Nawawi said, this indicates that it is haram for men to imitate women and vice versa, because if it is haram regarding clothing then imitating them in one’s movements and tone of voice is even more abhorrent. So, it is haram for men to imitate women and vice versa regarding clothing that is unique to one sex, and the one who does that is subject to the threat of being cursed.

[End quote. Fayd al-Qadeer (5/343).]

References:

[1] [Narrated by al-Bukhari (5885). ]

[2] [Narrated by Abu Dawood (4098) and classed as Saheeh by al-Nawawi in al-Majmoo’ (4/469) and by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.]

[3] [Narrated by Abu Dawood (4099); classed as Hasan by al-Nawawi in al-Majmoo’ (4/469) and as Saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.]

 

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