Dressing young girls in trousers

Reference: Silsilah Kitaab ad-Da’wah (12), al-Fataawa – Volume 3, Page 189-90

Question: Some women dress their young daughters in trousers, and thereafter dress them up in an ‘abaa.ah (full-length outer garment covering a female’s body from head to toe).What is the ruling regarding this?

Response: That which I am of the opinion is that the young girls should not be dressed in trousers, since from one angle – this does away with their humility, and from another angle – there is a rule amongst the people of knowledge, [and that is] «whatever is haraam for the elder [female] to wear is [also] haraam for the younger [female] to wear»; [in that case], I am of the opinion that the young girl should not be dressed in trousers, even if she is covered with an ‘abaa.ah.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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