WHY MEN NOT ALLOWED TO COVER ANKLES - Hadith!
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said to a man who was performing Salat while his lower garment was trailing, "Go and perform your Wudu' again.'' That man went and came back having performed it. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said (again), "Go and perform your Wudu'.'' Someone present said to Messenger of Allah (SAW): "O Messenger of Allah! You ask him to perform his Wudu' and then you kept silent (without saying the reason for it).'' He (SAW) said, "He performed Salat while his lower garment was below his ankles. Allah does not accept the Salat of a man who trails his lower garment.'' (Abu Dawud)
Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Prophet (SAW) said,
"What is below the ankles of a lower garment is condemned to the Fire (Hell).'' (Al-Bukhari)
Commentary: The apparent sense of the Hadith words is that the part of the dress hanging down below the ankles will be put into Hell-fire. Yet, if this is the fate of the particular piece of cloth the wearer will surely go to Hell. When Nafi` (RA) was asked about it he said, "Yes, but what sins have the clothes committed?''
Abu Dharr (RA) reported: I heard the Prophet (SAW) saying,
"There are three to whom Allah will neither speak on the Day of Resurrection nor will look at them nor purify them (i.e., of their sins), and they will be severely tormented.'' When he repeated this (statement) thrice, Abu Dharr (RA) said: "They are doomed and destroyed! (But) who are they, O Messenger of Allah (SAW)?'' He said, "One whose lower garment trails, one who boasts of kindness shown to another; and one who promotes sale of his business by taking false oaths.'' (Muslim)
Commentary: This Hadith sheds light on three major sins which, unfortunately, prevail in Muslim societies. May Allah amend the lapses of Muslims' behaviour! Ameen.