However, the Taliban didn’t invent it. Prominent elements of this “dress code” far predate their movement. “Somali militants enforce Taliban-style dress code,” from the Associated Press, December 23:
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Residents of a southern Somali town say Islamists are enforcing a Taliban-style dress code.
And the sign says, long-haired freaky people need not apply:
Kismayo resident Abdulahi Omar Dhere says members of the al-Shabab insurgent group are targeting young men who have long hair, no beards and wear Western-style trousers below the ankle.
The demands regarding pants are from Muhammad’s own instructions and example — the example in all things for all time per Qur’an 33:21. Muhammad did not care for trailing lower garments, saying “The part of an Izar which hangs below the ankles is in the Fire” (Sahih Bukhari 7.72.678).
Dhere said Wednesday that Islamists are publicly cutting off parts of trousers that violate the order and giving haircuts to anyone with long hair. The group has ordered men to grow beards and shave mustaches.
Al-Shabab has already banned movie theaters, musical ringtones and dancing at weddings — echoing rules ones imposed by the Taliban when they ruled most of Afghanistan in the late 1990s, though the group didn’t oppose long hair.