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The sunnah of wearing long kurta and its proof.

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Dear Mufi Sahib, I am imam of a masjid in Australia and someone asked me that what is the proof of wearing the long kurta that the Arabs wear and the other kurta that the indians wear in the Shafii point of view. If you mention any kitaabs please state the bab (chapter) wherer that hadith is mentioned. Allah reward you for your efforts.


Due to every country having different climates and the Shariat of Islaam is
universal in Nature. Then to state that this or that particular dress in
only the Sunnat, how will a Muslim in winter in Russia dress and how will
the Muslim in summer dress in Saudi Arabia. So one form of dress will be
condusive for one area in ine season but not good for another area in
another season. Whereas our claim is Islaam is for all time, for ever place,
for all people, for all conditions, for every nook and cranny of the world.
In the light of the Hadith, Nabi (S.A.W) wore a Kurta, a shawl, a hat, a
turban, alungi and even a trouser when it was presented to him. For a very
healthy discussion see Shaamil Tirmidhi which has the commentary of Sheikh
Muhammad Zakariyya (A.R) and the booklet “Kurta, Topee, Turban”
by Moulana Fazlur Rahmaan Aazimi . Thus the Ulema has after studying the
Shariat (i.e. the various Ahadith etc. formulated by some principles :
1.) Should be loose fiting, no attractive part of the body should be made
out ;
2.) The basic are (aura) must be covered, area between the Naval to below
the knee ;
3.) The garment, especially the trouser must be above the ankles ;
4.) The garment should be preferably white ;
5.) The garment has horizontal and verticalthread to make up the fabric,
both these threads must not be red or yellow ;
6.) The garment must not be made of silk for men, it can only be used under
special circumstances ;
7.) The garment must be purchased from Halaal earnings ;
8.) It should be a mean of decorating the body, within the limits of
9.) It should not resemble the dress of non- muslimsd ;
10.) It should not create pride and arrogance in a person.

One should know that Nabi (S.A.W) wore a garment worth 2000 dinars. Whilst
Imaam Maalik (A.R) used to wear new clothing daily.

11.) The muslim must avoid following the fashion of the day. Know also that
the Nabi also wore green. Pride can also be caused by wearing simple, coarse
clothing. The person in his heart wil lfeel, ‘look how pious I am’.
12.) Men should not don the specialised dress of women, at times non-muslims
wore dresses/garments which have no religious significance in their
religion, then without detestment Muslims may wear such clothing.
Some times non- muslims wear a particular garment in one area as a religious
feature or mark, but that very same dress in another area is not worn with
that connotation, then to wear that garment in one area will be permissible
and in the other area not – permissible.

However, while it is possible to wear the Kurta then one should do so.

As a rule , the Ulema have found that in any area, the layman should abserve
the dress of the reliable, pious, righteous, practical Ulema – e- Rabbani
Haqqani of that area, then imitate these Ulema. This is closest to the
Sunnat. One will not expect any Aalim, to have no beard, wearing a tie,
having trousers below the ankles, with no hat let alone a turban on the head
projecting piety.

The Ulema who have understood the Deen will dress in such a method which
will be nearesst to the Sunnat.

Thus to say the Kurta is not the Sunnat dress is not valid and also to state
that the Kurta is only the Sunnat dress is also not correct.

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