A few years ago, a teenager came to me with tears in his eyes and he wished to speak to me. He said, “For the last few months I’ve been going to Islamic gatherings and the mawlana has been telling us about the importance of following the sunnah. He told me that we should not wear school uniform. Instead we should instead wear Muslim clothing and at the very minimum, we should be wearing an ‘Imama to school.”
He went to school one day, with his jumper, shirt, trousers, tie and an 'Imama on top of his head and all of his friends teased him and cussed him until he broke down in tears. He has never wanted to come close to religion again because he felt as though if you can’t be in a uniform then you are not good enough. That’s not the fault of the kid or the Muslim who teased him. It’s the fault of those who teach without hikmah and insight. Preachers need to use their brains and understand the environment we are living in. We are not a religion of one set type of clothing and we shouldn’t look down on people who dress in western attire if it follows the requirements of being loose and respectable. The Messenger ﷺ wore clothing from different nations. If you are not careful and don’t have wisdom, you’ll scare people and the community from the beautiful Sunnah due to tunnel vision and lack of understanding.
— Shaykh Mohammad Aslam