Fatwa ID: 04557
Answered by: Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Is the kurta closer to the sunnah dress?
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
The following information has been taken from Hadhrat Shaikhul Hadith Maulana Muhammad Zakariya (RA) book “Turban, Kurta, and Topee”.
Saaidah Umme Salma Radiallahu Anha narrates that the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam preferred the Kurta over all other types of clothing. (Sunan Tirmizi p.306 v.1 & Shamaail Tirmizi p.5)
Saaiduna Ibn Abbas Radiallahu Anhu reports that lengthwise, the Kurta of the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam would be above his ankles while the sleeves would reach up to his fingers. Allama Munawi writes in his commentary of this Hadith that it is learnt from the coupling of another narration with this one that "Above the Ankles" means the middle of the calf (halfway between the ankles and knees), just as it has been reported in one narration. (Faizul Qadeer p.173 v.5)
Abdullah Ibn Abi Huzail (RA) says that he saw Saaiduna Ali Radiallahu Anhu wearing a "Razi" (reference to its origin) Kurta. The length of it was upto the middle of his calves. (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaibah p.211 v.8)
From the aforementioned discussion, we can say that the kurta which comes up to the middle of the claves is closer to the sunnah.
Only Allah Knows Best
Written by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham