Green Turbans are an Innovation – Mufti Ghulam Sarwar Qadri al-Barelwi


It has become a symbol of the Barelwis, especially Barelwis associated with Dawate Islami, to wear green turbans. Whenever you visit them, they wear green turbans and even have green flags all over the place. Their founder, Ilyas Qadri, also does the same.

The fact remains that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) never wore a green turban. It is not proven in a single authentic hadith that the Prophet wore one. On the contrary, we have come to know that the army of Dajjal will wear green turbans!

Now we have a Barelwi scholar from their midst, stating that wearing the green turban is an innovation, especially how Barelwis from Dawate Islami have made this colour their mark.

The book of Mufti Ghulam Sarwar Qadri can be downloaded here: http://www.4shared.com/zip/uPEo88vn/sabz_imama__-_fatwa_from_a_bar.html

The book was also linked here, on a youtube video made by a Barelwi highlighting the difference of opinion on this issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=CO&feature=related&hl=es-419&v=HFRDzPqDeiw U kunt het oorspronkelijk boek hier downloaden:

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8 Responses to Green Turbans are an Innovation – Mufti Ghulam Sarwar Qadri al-Barelwi

  1. Abdul Aziz says:

    As salaamu alaykum….I just wanted to say that some sahabi wore green turbans.. The color most pleasing to Prophet Muhammad (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) was green, while some said it was white. With respect to clothing, the Prophet (peace be upon him) encouraged men to wear
    white in numerous hadiths. Thus, according to the sunnah, it is preferred to wear white, as well as black and green. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

    While wearing a green turban is not a specific sunnah, wearing green garments in general is from the sunnah, so one could wear a green turban to fulfill that.
    The green turban itself is not a specific sunnah, in that we have no report that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) wore it. However, generally wearing green clothes is a sunnah. [Ibn Abideen, Radd al-Muhtar; Shaykhi-Zada, Majma’ al-Anhur]

    It is reported in the Musannaf of Ibn Abi Shayba however, that some Companions were seen wearing turbans of various colors, one of them being green.

    Al-Kattani quotes Imam al-Suyuti as saying, “This green turban is not [prescribed] from the Sacred Law itself, nor from the Sunnah, and was not around [as a specific dress] in the early period [of Islam]. It was only begun [as a distinct practice] in the year 763 hijri by the order of [Sultan] al-Ashraf Sha’ban ibn Hasan [to those of the Prophetic Household, so that it might distinguish them from others out of respect].”

    He then quotes al-Khadimi from al-Tariqa al-Muhammadiya, saying “This sign is a permissible innovation; the one who is not a Sharif [ie. Sayyid, from Ahl al Bayt] should not be prevented from wearing it, and a Sharif who leaves it should not be ordered to wear it…” [al-Kattani, al-Di’amah fi Ahkam Sunna al-‘Imama]

  2. Abdul Aziz says:

    I also must say Im Deobandi and I love this site

  3. Abdullah says:

    Brother when you posts stuff from other websites, please acknowledge the source of your text so other people might not think you wrote and checked up the original sources yourself.

    You quoted from: http://seekersguidance.org/ans-blog/2011/11/11/the-green-turban-and-the-prophet’s-peace-be-upon-him-favorite-color/

    Now there are some flaws mentioned in the fatwa. He does not make a difference between turbans and clothes and makes qiyas with the green clothing.

    “While wearing a green turban is not a specific sunnah, wearing green garments in general is from the sunnah, so one could wear a green turban to fulfill that.”

    Can you tell me how you can compare turbans with a thawb? He acknowledges that the Prophet never wore a green turban but still makes a comparison with the thawb. These are 2 different issues. He quotes Ibn Abidin but he is clear on this issue that the Prophet did not wear a grean turban:

    ويستحب الأبيض وكذا الأسود لأنه شعار بني العباس «ودخل عليه الصلاة والسلام مكة وعلى رأسه عمامة سوداء» ولبس الأخضر سنة كما في الشرعة ا هـ‏.‏ من الملتقى وشرحه‏.‏ وفي الهندية عن السراجية‏:‏ لبس الثياب الجميلة مباح إذا لم يتكبر
    وتفسيره أن يكون معها كما كان قبلها ا ه

    Also, the issue at hand is now, that it has become a symbol of innovators to wear green and they attach to the green turban specifically, some virtue, which is false. Thus the wearing of green turbans has now become an innovation in our time, especially since the Barelwis have made the green turban their hallmark.

    The proof that the people of paradise will wear green, is a weak argument, because the people of paradise will also wear silk and drink alcohol. In reality, this kind of argument is a case against them.

  4. muhammad says:

    In the section on the “Description of the ‘Imamah (turban) of the Messenger of Allah (Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him)” in Imam al-Tirmidhi’s al-Shama’il, he narrates from three different Sahabah: Ibn ‘Abbas, Jabir and ‘Amr ibn Hurayth, that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) wore a black turban. Jabir’s and Amr’s narration that he wore a black turban are also found in Sahih Muslim. In this section of his book, al-Tirmidhi narrates no other colour. [In a later section, al-Tirmidhi narrates from al-Fadl ibn ‘Abbas that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) wore a yellow turban, although there is a problematic narrator in the chain: ‘Ata’ ibn Muslim al-Khaffaf]

    Ibn Abi Shaybah narrates that he wore a black ‘imamah from Ibn ‘Umar also, making the total number of Sahabah that narrated this: Four.

    Ibn Abi Shaybah also narrates from al-Hasan al-Basri (the eminent Tabi’i) that the Prophet (peace be upon him)’s turban was black (كانت عمامة النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم سوداء), indicating that he learnt from the Sahabah that that was the standard colour of his blessed turban.

    Ibn Abi Shaybah has an extensive section of his Musannaf on the black turban, in which he shows that a number of Sahabah also wore black turbans, besides the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) (vol 12, 536 – 541) [For example, ‘Ali, ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn ‘Awf, Abu ‘Ubaydah, Ibn al-Zubayr, Wathilah, Anas, Hasan, Abu al-Darda, Ammar (Allah be pleased with them all)] He also narrates this practice from some of the eminent Tabi’in like al-Hasan, Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah and al-Aswad.

    Although Ibn Abi Shaybah also has a section on white ‘imamah, he only narrates this as the practice of two of the Tabi’in (Sha’bi and Ibn Jubayr), and does not narrate this from anyone else.

    Thus, the established practice of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and a number of his eminent Sahabah was to wear a black turban.

    As for what the article linked above mentions that Ibn Abi Shaybah records that some Sahabah wore green turbans, this is narrated from the statement of a certain Sulayman ibn Abi ‘Abd Allah who said: “I comprehended the early Muhajirin, adopting turbans from course material, black, white, red, green and yellow…” (Musannaf, no. 25489) However, Sulayman ibn Abi ‘Abd Allah is an unknown narrator whose isolated narrations are not dependable upon as said by Abu Hatim. Therefore this cannot be used as a valid support for the use of green turbans at that time.

    Thus, black was without doubt the most common colour of the turban of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his Companions, and is the most well-documented. That they wore other colours is not well-supported.

  5. WE HAVE SOME OF OF OUR DEOBANDI ULEMA WHO WORE GREEN TURBAN…BUT THEY DONT SAY ITS SUNNA…MASHA ALLAH I WEAR EITHER BLACK OR WHITE..WE MUST REMEMBER SAHABA WORE DIFFERENT COLORS AS WELL

  6. BUT TO MAKE IT A SUNNA THIS IS INCORRECT WALLAHU ‘ALAM

  7. Ahmad says:

    Why do Ilyas Attar Bareilvi and his cult/gang where green turbans then?

  8. Ahmad says:

    I meant the Dawat e Islami cult/gang.

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