Is there such a thing as an Islamic dress for male Muslims? A couple of months back, I walked into a mosque in a village outside Karachi where everyone was dressed in the shalwar kurta, while I was wearing shirt and trousers. The few people in the mosque looked at me as if I was from another planet. I was scared one of them would attack me for being dressed like an infidel. Then I remembered the time when local mullahs used to urge Pakistanis to wear the shalwar kurta at all times, apparently believing that this dress was Islamic.
Actually, the shalwar kurta, which is the national dress of Pakistan, has been borrowed from the Hindus, and it originated in ancient Iran. So you can’t say that it is an Islamic dress. Neither, for that matter, is the robe worn by Arabs, because it was originally the dress of the pagans who lived in that region before Islam.
In Turkey, I saw even the religious scholars delivering sermons on TV wearing suits and ties. So it seems that there is no such thing as an Islamic dress for male Muslims.