It is Makrooh Tahrimi (forbidden) to expose the elbows during Salaat, and it is in conflict with Islamic Murawwat (Culture) to have the elbows exposed in public. It never was the style of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) nor of the Sahaabah nor of the Ambiyaa nor of the entire Ummah down the long corridor of Islam’s history to perform Salaat with kurtahs with such short sleeves which expose the elbows. This exposure is also among the styles of the western kuffaar whom Muslims are emulating.
In Fataawa Siraajiah, Fataawa Qaazi Khaan as well as other Kutub of the Shariah it is mentioned that it is Makrooh to have the elbows exposed during Salaat. It is disrespectful to the Salaat. But Muslims nowadays being addicted to the styles of the western kuffaar fail to understand the notoriety of this misdeed. When performing Salaat, one stands in the presence of Allah Ta’ala and communes with Him. Therefore it is not permissible to be in the Divine Presence in a disrespectful manner. Such Salaat is not accepted by Allah Ta’ala. In Fataawa Mahmoodiah, the prohibition is stated as follows:
“Wearing a qamees (kurtah) with half-sleeves is not narrated from Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Such a qamees is in conflict with the Sunnah.”
Whatever is in conflict with the Sunnah, is Makrooh Tahrimi, the consequence of which is the Fire of Jahannam.
Article adapted from Custodians of the Haqq