The lowering of the garment (pass the ankles) for children
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen was asked is it permissible for male children to wear what has been particularized for the females like gold, silk and other than that and vice versa?
The shaykh answered: "this is what is understood from the first answer. I said that the scholars say what is forbidden for the one who has reached the age of puberty is also forbidden for the (young) child. So based upon this it is forbidden for a male child to wear those things which are particular to the female and vice versa."
Questioner: "Does the male child wearing a garment below his ankles enter into this?"
Shaykh: "Yes! This enters into that"
Questioner: and (also) what is in including in this of imitating the kuffaar and other than this from (wearing) hats and pants?
Shaykh: "this is another issue, the muslims imitating the kuffaar in their clothes and other than this, rather it be the young or old, male or female is forbidden in accordance to the statement of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم :
'whoever imitates a people he is from them'
So it is a must that the muslims have a strong personality which prevent them from following other than themselves because they are superior and their religion is elevated and high as Allaah says:
ﻭَﻻ ﺗَﻬِﻨُﻮﺍ ﻭَﻻ ﺗَﺤْﺰَﻧُﻮﺍ ﻭَﺃَﻧْﺘُﻢُ ﺍﻟْﺄَﻋْﻠَﻮْﻥَ ﺇِﻥْ ﻛُﻨْﺘُﻢْ ﻣُﺆْﻣِﻨِﻴﻦَ
"So do not become weak (against your enemy), nor be sad, and you will be superior (in victory) if you are indeed (true) believers." (3:139) And Allaah says:
ﻫُﻮَ ﺍﻟَّﺬِﻱ ﺃَﺭْﺳَﻞَ ﺭَﺳُﻮﻟَﻪُ ﺑِﺎﻟْﻬُﺪَﻯ ﻭَﺩِﻳﻦِ ﺍﻟْﺤَﻖِّ ﻟِﻴُﻈْﻬِﺮَﻩُﻋَﻠَﻰ ﺍﻟﺪِّﻳﻦِ ﻛُﻠِّﻪِ
"It is He Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad SAW) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islâm), to make it superior over all religions even though the Mushrikûn (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh) hate (it)." (9:33)
ﻣﺠﻤﻮﻋﺔ ﺃﺳﺌﻠﺔ ﺗﻬﻢ ﺍﻷﺳﺮﺓ ﺍﻟﻤﺴﻠﻤﺔ 1/145 / Source
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzan was asked:
What is the ruling of the garment coming below the ankles for children?
He answered: "Its not permissible for the garment to come down below the ankles for men nor for children because it is (isbaal) bringing the garment below the ankles in relation to the males and the Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
"What comes below the ankles is in the fire"
ﻣﺠﻤﻮﻋﺔ ﺭﺳﺎﺋﻞ ﺩﻋﻮﻳﺔ ﻭﻣﻨﻬﺠﻴﺔ 259 / Source
Transmitted by Shaykh Fawaz al-Madkhali حفظه الله