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Is It Permitted for a Man to Sleep on a Pillow Case Made From Silk?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: Assalam aleykum

Is a Muslim man allowed to sleep in a silk pillowcase or wrap their head with silk cloth in order to prevent hair fall?

Answer: assalamu alaykum

It would be permitted to sleep on a pillow case made from silk. This is because it is not considered, nor does it resemble, a form of dress.

As for wrapping your head with a silk cloth to prevent hair fall, the basis would be that it would not be permitted unless there is a valid medical excuse to utilize such a cloth.

Wassalam,
[Ustadh] Salman Younas

قال الكاساني في بدائع الصنائع :فأما حكم التوسد به والجلوس والنوم عليه فغير مكروه عند أبي حنيفة عليه الرحمة

قال ابن عابدين في رد المحتار: وفي الدر المنتقى ولا تكره الصلاة على سجادة من الإبريسم لأن الحرام هو اللبس أما الانتفاع بسائر الوجوه فليس بحرام كما في صلاة الجواهر وأقره القهستاني وغيره قلت ومنه يعلم حكم ما كثر السؤال عنه من بند السبحة فليحفظ اهـ فقوله هو اللبس أي ولو حكما لما في القنية استعمال اللحاف من الإبريسم لا يجوز لأنه نوع لبس

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Ustadh Salman moved to Amman. There he studies Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir.