Hazrat Ubaid bin Khalid radiyallahu anhu says, “I was once going to Madinah Munawwarah. I heard a person from behind me say, “Wear the lungi higher because it avoids physical and spiratual najaasah (impurities).” (The lungi will remain cleaner and will not become dirty by being dragged on the ground.)

When I turned to see who was talking, I saw that it was Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam. I said, “O’ Rasoolullah, this is a simple lungi, how can one become proud, and it is necessary to look after it (keep it clean)?”

Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam replied, “If you see no benefit in it, your following me has not ceased.”

While Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam was telling me this, I saw that his lungi reached till half his him.”

Commentary.
We have been warned strictly in the ahaadith on the wearing of a lungi or trousers below the ankle. All those parts that droop below the ankles will be burnt in the fire. Abdur-Rahman says, “I asked Abu Saeed Khudri radiyallahu anhu regarding the lungi. He replied, “You have a very meaningful question. Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam has said, “The lungi of a Muslim should reach till the middle of the shin, and there is no harm if it reaches above his ankles. But those portions that droop below the ankles will burn in the fire of jahannam. The one that lets his clothes droop below his ankles in pride, Allah Most High will not look at him on the Day of Judgement.” (Abu Dawud).

Warnings like these have been given in other ahaadith too. One should take strict care of this. In our time it has become a fashion to let the clothing droop below the ankles, so much so, that we treat it to be something petty and pay no heed to the warning of Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam. To Allah is our complaint.