Question: What is the ruling on wearing vintage clothing? If the clothing was worn by an unbeliever who committed bad actions, will the clothing have negative energy that can affect the one wearing it?
Answer: Assalamu alaykum sister,
It is permissible for you to wear vintage clothing, as there is no certainty about whether it was affected by filth or not. Clothing is deemed pure unless otherwise proved. As a rule, it would be religiously pre-cautionary to wash it three times, in case it was affected by impurity.
As for negative energy, I don’t know of any such thing, especially after it is washed. The Prophet said, may Allah bless him and give him peace, “Verily Allah does not look to your bodies nor to your faces but He looks to your hearts and to your deeds.“ [Muslim]
May Allah clothe us all with tawfiq, good character, and pure hearts.
[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria for two years where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Masters in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.