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    Is it permissible to cut the hair for women?

    Answer:

    I am copying both sides of the argument as follows, some scholars allow it, some don't.

    I confess my ignorance and inability in answering you and I turn my gaze to
    Allah Ta'ala and seek His assistance through the guidance of our learned
    Fuqahaa.

    For purposes of convenience, we hereby summarise your letter in three
    points, a, b and c:
    a) You have mentioned that women experience difficulty in maintaining long
    hair due to the following reasons.
    . Long hair takes extremely long to dry.
    . Difficulty in drying the hair leads women to sleep with wet hair which
    results in neckaches, backaches and terrible headaches.
    . Reluctance of marital relations due to difficulty in keeping long hair.
    . Excessive hair loss.
    . Maintaining long hair is cumbersome and one feels extremely hot.
    b) Substantiations for permissibility of cutting hair.
    . There is no Hadith or any other Naas Qat'ee which prohibits women from
    cutting their hair.
    . Two Ahaadith in which one says that some of the wives of Nabi (Sallallaahu
    Alayhi Wasallam) cut their hair upon his demise. The other Hadith states
    that a Sahaabi saw Hadhrat Aaisha (Radhiallaahu Anha) whilst her hair was up
    till her ears.
    . Everything is Halaal until declared Haraam.
    c) The ruling of Shaykh Zuhayli (RA) and the Fatwa of Shaykh ibn Baaz (RA)

    In principle, in order to establish anything Haraam in Shari'ah, it must be
    supported by an express Nass. It is for this reason that Imaam Muhammad (RA)
    always issued the ruling of Karaahat unless there was a clear Nass. (Hidaaya
    vol.4 pg.452; Kitaabul Karaahiyyah). Furthermore, some laws in Shari'ah are
    express and some are indicative, i.e. ibaaratunnaas and ishaaratunnaas, as
    explained in the books of Usool Fiqh.

    After understanding the above, our humble opinion is that it is not
    permissible for women to cut, trim, clip or shave their hair.

    This view is supported not only by indo-pak Ulama but also by many Syrian
    Ulama., for example, Allaamah ibn Aabideen from Damascus, an expert in
    almost every branch of knowledge including Fiqh and Hadith, has supported
    this in his famous book, Shaami vol.6 pg.408.

    Assuming it is permissible for women to cut their hair not imitating men,
    then where do we draw the line? To what extent will this permissibility be
    effective. Every woman will now use her own discretion as to how long or how
    short her hair be in order to prevent Tashbeeh. Which males hair do we use
    as criteria to say that up till this length is Tashbeeh? In order to prevent
    this abuse and many other possible abuses, the Fuqahaa on numerous occasions
    apply the Usool of 'Saddan lil baab'

    We would now like to remove the misconceptions and objections that you have
    raised. Please refer to the above mentioned summarized version of your
    letter. Under section (b), you had mentioned two Ahaadith.

    The first Hadith you have stated is, 'some of the wives of Rasulullah cut
    their hair upon the death of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam).' This
    Hadith is in Muslim vol.1 pg.148 under the chapter of Ghusl.

    Abu Salma ibn Abdurrahmaan says that, 'the foster brother of Hadhrat Aaisha
    (Radhiallaahu Anha) and the narrator himself (Abu Salma), both went to
    Aaisha. The foster brother asked Aaisha about how Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi
    Wasallam) used to take Ghusl. Aaisha (Radhiallaahu Anhu) asked for a large
    container which was approximately one Saa'. She then arranged for a curtain
    and thereafter performed Ghusl. She poured water three times over her head
    and thereafter said the wives of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) used
    to . their hair until it reached till just above the shoulders.'

    The word in the Hadith is 'akhz' which is incorrectly translated as 'cutting
    '. Imam Muslim quoted this Hadith together with other Ahaadith of Ghusl
    under the chapter of Ghusl. This indicates that this Hadith has nothing to
    do with the cutting of hair. Instead, the word akhz has another meaning: The
    hair of the wives of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) was long. Instead of
    allowing the hair to hang down whilst performing Ghusl, they used to take
    their hair and plait it up into a bun in order to reach just above their
    shoulders. Their long hair was made into a bun to sit on top of the neck.
    This was done so that it becomes easy for them to wash their back whilst
    performing Ghusl. Whilst the hair is hanging down, it was difficult for
    water to reach all parts of the back thoroughly , therefore, this method was
    adopted. This is the meaning of 'akhz' in the Hadith.

    The second Hadith, 'a young Sahaabi saw Hadhrat Aaisha (Radhiallaahu Anha)
    and her hair was up till her ears.' We have not been able to locate this
    Hadith in Bukhari. Kindly provide us with the specific reference of this
    Hadith.

    Nevertheless, it is also far fetched that Hadhrat Aaisha (Radhiallaahu Anha)
    had her hair only uptill her ears. A Hadith in Bukhari indicates that
    Hadhrat Aaisha (Radhiallaahu Anhu) herself had long hair. When Aaisha
    (Radhiallaahu Anhu) was performing Hajj, her menses began on the day of
    Arafaat. Being the narrator of this Hadith, she says, 'I found myself to be
    in my menses on the day of Arafaat so I explained my condition to Nabi
    (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam). Thereupon, he replied, 'Leave out your Umra,
    undo your head and comb your hair.' (Bukhari). Ibn Hajar has mentioned that
    the meaning of 'undo your head' is 'open up the plaits of your hair.'
    (Fathul Baari vol.1 pg.331). The fact that Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi
    Wasallam) commanded her to do this clearly indicates to this fact that
    Hadhrat Aaisha had long hair. If her hair was up till her ears, then how was
    she then going to open up her plaits?

    In another Hadith in Muslim, Hadhrat Umm Salma (Radhiallaahu Anhu) enquired
    from Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), 'O Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
    Alayhi Wasallam). I most certainly have thick plaited her. Should I undo and
    open it up whilst I am performing a Ghusl for Janaabat?...' (Muslim vol.1
    pg.149; HM Saeed). This clearly indicates that Umme Salma (Radhiallaahu
    Anha) also had long hair.

    The third principle, 'everything is Halaal until declared Haraam'. This
    principle is not unanimously accepted by everyone. Some Fuqahaa state the
    direct opposite. Nevertheless, this principle is not general. Everything is
    Halaal until declared Haraam. If there is a proof of karaahat or Hurmat,
    then this principle will not apply.

    In the third aspect you quoted Shaykh Zuhayli and a Fatwa of ibn Baaz.
    Probably, they did not come across the Ahaadith of prohibition or probably
    they interpreted it differently. We, however, humbly disagree with their
    view.

    Reverting to the first aspect of your letter, you have mentioned five
    difficulties experienced by women keeping long hair.

    'Hair takes extremely long to dry'. We do not understand what you mean by
    'extremely long' - how long? One hour, two hours or ten hours? During the
    time of Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), the Arab women had long hair
    with tough plaits. In those days, there was no electricity and neither was
    there hot water. The solution was never ever to 'cut the hair'. Nowadays
    with technology advancing almost every second, we have highly advanced 'hair
    dryers'.

    'Reluctance of marital relations (due to difficulty of long hair)'. Surely,
    women of the past also experienced this difficulty? The solution was never
    to cut the hair. If this was a serious issue, then why didn't Rasulullah
    (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) explicitly issue a directive that women should
    cut their hair?

    'Excessive hair loss'. This problem could easily be overcome by consulting
    one's physician who will prescribe appropriate medication.

    'Maintaining long hair is cumbersome and one feels extremely hot'. Again,
    the argument is baseless. Today, long hair is cumbersome and one feels hot,
    tomorrow, another woman will say that Hijaab is cumbersome and one feels
    extremely hot in it. Another woman will claim that to wear normal clothes on
    a hot summer's day is cumbersome . It is the natural Fitrat of a woman to
    maintain long hair. The intensity of the heat in Arab countries needs no
    explanation. Despite that, Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) never made
    cutting the hair the solution to this problem. There are so many women with
    long hair who do not complain or feel cumbersome and hot on account of their
    hair. Rather than squandering wealth at hair beauty salons, save they very
    same wealth and utilize it to purchase a few fans or an air conditioner.

    'Maintaining long hair is Takleef maa laa yutaaq'. Allah Ta'ala is Hakeem
    and He never makes one mukallaf of something beyond his/her capability. If
    maintaining long hair was takleef maa laa yutaaq, then Allah Ta'ala would
    have clearly and explicitly said, 'O women, cut your hair, keep it short,
    its cumbersome, don't grow it.'

    'How long should a woman grow her hair'. The Fuqahaa have granted permission
    that if the hair of a woman grows beyond her back/hips then it will be
    permissible to trim the excess hair.

    and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best
    .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
    نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
    دولة الإسلامية باقية






  • #2
    As salaam alai kum

    Beg to disagree.

    A few points i would like to draw your attention to:

    No clear proof has been provided for this "prohibition for women cutting the hair on thier head".

    Quote-
    " The Fuqahaa have granted permission that if the hair of a woman grows beyond her back/hips then it will be permissible to trim the excess hair."

    WHY???????? On what basis has the above statement been decided????? If one says that it is not permissible to cut the hair. Why did they decide to allow cutting of the hair which reaches below the hips????? Daleel?????

    Lets stick to our rules and not break them ourselves. Something would be haraam if there is proof from the Quraan and the Sunnah.

    As long as there is no clear prohibition from allaah and his messenger a women need not give reasons as to why she wishes to cut her hair. She can cut it beacuse she wants to. Just like that. For no reason whatsoever.
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    • #3
      kid

      i didnt post that to get you upset, its just info, you disagree its up to you, the article gives where their conclusion comes from, you can take it or leave it
      .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
      نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
      دولة الإسلامية باقية





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      • #4
        As salaam alai kum

        Dont worry. I aint upset.

        Its just that if you reread the post and for the moment forget about the part which has refutations to the exuses given for cutting the hair, there is no clear statement from the messenger of allaah showing some kinda prohibition.

        The ahadith which speak about the wives of the messenger of allaah having long hair, merely prove that they had long hair. Nothing about a prohibition. What you can get is - mushtahab for not cutting the hair.
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        • #5
          Assalamulaikom
          I looked at askimam as well: Where a women asked about cutting her hair

          2. A woman may not cut/trim her hair even if her husband commands her to do so. (Shaami vol.6 pg.407) If she does so, she will draw the wrath of Almighty Allah as well as the curse of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) upon himself due to her imitating men. (Sahih Bukhari Hadith5885)
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          • #6
            As salaam alai kum

            Yes sister if she cuts her hair in a manner which resembles that of men. To be more specific in a manner which is generally known to be the hairstyle of men.

            However if one says that it is haraam for a women to cut her hair then that means that she cannot even trim it. Not even one single inch cause we have a blanket rule that cutting of the hair is haraam. What has been stated in your post is different cause there is a condition mentioned - "due to her imitating men" based on a sahih hadith.

            It doesnt affect me personally as i am male and my wife has long hair and is not keen on cutting it either however if there isnt a prohibition about "trimming" of the hair for women why make things difficult
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            • #7
              Tken from Islam Q&A
              Question #1192: Women cutting their hair short

              What is the ruling about women cutting their hair short for reasons of necessity? For example, in Britain, the women think that washing thick hair is too difficult in a cold climate, so they cut their hair short.

              Answer:

              Praise be to Allaah.

              If that is indeed the case, then it is permissible for them to cut their hair short, but only as short as is necessary, and they are not permitted to cut their hair short to look like kaafir women, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” (Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/182). Similarly, they are not permitted to cut their hair short in ways that resemble men’s hairstyles, because of the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with them both) who said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed men who imitate women and women who imitate men.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 5435). And Allaah knows best.

              Question #12701: Cutting hair to make it all of equal length is permissible so long as one does not resemble the kuffaar

              Answer:

              Praise be to Allaah.

              Cutting hair to make it all of equal length, reaching the shoulders or ears is OK, so long as that does not involve resembling the kuffaar. Resembling the kuffaar is haraam even if it is in regard to something that in principle is permitted.

              With regard to cutting some of the hair and leaving some of it, that is not permitted. This is the hairstyle which was forbidden by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), as is narrated in Saheeh al-Bukhaari and elsewhere.

              This ruling applies to both men and women. It is OK to cut the hair and make it of equal length so long as that does not involve resembling the kuffaar, or making men resemble women and vice versa. Women should not cut their hair short in a manner that resembles men’s hairstyles.


              Ws
              You are not aware of the consequences that would result (if you were granted what you desire) because what you seek might be to your detriment. (O soul) be conscious that your Master is more aware about your well-being than you are.

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              • #8
                As salaam alai kum

                Ebony, Shaykh Salih al Munajjid (islam-qa) has given an answer which I have no problems with. Alhamdulillaah. I feel it is the most accurate and appropriate answer.
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                • #9
                  Assalamulaikom
                  Well it does affect me ,can I trim or not trim now,not that I am cutting it ,just about trimming, the kufar women have all sorts of hair styles these days so ermm?
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                  • #10
                    You can trim ur hair...u can cut it short if u like, bt not so short tht it resembles tht of men.

                    and as far as copying hairstyles from the kufr, typically long hair is something tht Muslim women, used2hve, and some still do. by copying the kufar i suppose it means really short bob-cuts or boy-ish hair cuts tht arent permissble.

                    bt as far as trimming hair..thts ok :)

                    ((Sis Q, Ask-imam website has a few answers tht look dodgy 2 me.. so i tend 2 take a critical approach2some of the answers, in future refer to www.islam-qa.com or www.islamicity.com or www.islamonline.net ))


                    Ws
                    You are not aware of the consequences that would result (if you were granted what you desire) because what you seek might be to your detriment. (O soul) be conscious that your Master is more aware about your well-being than you are.

                    ~Ibn Al-Jawzee

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                    • #11
                      Walaikom salaam sis
                      Sis those at askimam really aint dodgy, the mufti is very reliable alhamduillah. The answers maybe is because they follow the hanafi madhab,but they answer mostly regarding all 4 schools,and some answers depend on whom asked it and the situation I suppose that is why answeres may differ ,islam-qa is basically a salafi website, I read their replies too, but stick more to askimam.
                      Sometimes its confusing since one mufti allows it the other doesnt, then which one are u supposed to stick to.
                      :)
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Qurratulain
                        Walaikom salaam sis
                        Sis those at askimam really aint dodgy, the mufti is very reliable alhamduillah. The answers maybe is because they follow the hanafi madhab,but they answer mostly regarding all 4 schools,and some answers depend on whom asked it and the situation I suppose that is why answeres may differ ,islam-qa is basically a salafi website, I read their replies too, but stick more to askimam.
                        Sometimes its confusing since one mufti allows it the other doesnt, then which one are u supposed to stick to.
                        :)
                        it is definitely confusing! :p

                        Ws
                        You are not aware of the consequences that would result (if you were granted what you desire) because what you seek might be to your detriment. (O soul) be conscious that your Master is more aware about your well-being than you are.

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                        • #13
                          As salaam alai kum

                          Sis you said "Sometimes its confusing since one mufti allows it the other doesnt, then which one are u supposed to stick to."

                          Look at it this way- We are supposed to follow allaah and his messenger. So which ever mufti gives us a better explanation based on the quraan and the sunnah of the messenger, we accept that ruling.

                          There would be confusion only if two muftis gave us opposing views BOTH with clear and sound proof. I doubt this would happen and even if it did there would be no blame on you if you followed the one you felt was better.

                          Any way here is Shaykh Bin Baaz's answer to the question of women cutting their hair: We do not know anything (to disallow) cutting women's hair. What is forbidden is shaving it. You should not shave your hair but you may cut it and reduce its length or volume; we know of nothing wrong with that. But that should be done in a proper manner which will please you and your husband. You should come to some agreement with him on a kind of haircut that does not resemble kaafir women, because if you leave it long, it will be a lot of trouble to wash it and comb it.

                          So if the hair is very long or thick, and the woman cuts it to reduce its length or volume, that doesn't matter. Cutting some of it will make it more beautiful, which will please both the woman and her husband. So we do not know of any reason to disallow that. But shaving it altogether is not permissible, except in the case of sickness. And Allaah is the Source of strength.

                          See Fataawa al-Mar'ah al-Muslimah, part 2, p. 515.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by thekid
                            As salaam alai kum

                            Sis you said "Sometimes its confusing since one mufti allows it the other doesnt, then which one are u supposed to stick to."

                            Look at it this way- We are supposed to follow allaah and his messenger. So which ever mufti gives us a better explanation based on the quraan and the sunnah of the messenger, we accept that ruling.

                            There would be confusion only if two muftis gave us opposing views BOTH with clear and sound proof. I doubt this would happen and even if it did there would be no blame on you if you followed the one you felt was better.

                            Any way here is Shaykh Bin Baaz's answer to the question of women cutting their hair: We do not know anything (to disallow) cutting women's hair. What is forbidden is shaving it. You should not shave your hair but you may cut it and reduce its length or volume; we know of nothing wrong with that. But that should be done in a proper manner which will please you and your husband. You should come to some agreement with him on a kind of haircut that does not resemble kaafir women, because if you leave it long, it will be a lot of trouble to wash it and comb it.

                            So if the hair is very long or thick, and the woman cuts it to reduce its length or volume, that doesn't matter. Cutting some of it will make it more beautiful, which will please both the woman and her husband. So we do not know of any reason to disallow that. But shaving it altogether is not permissible, except in the case of sickness. And Allaah is the Source of strength.

                            See Fataawa al-Mar'ah al-Muslimah, part 2, p. 515.
                            Assalamulaikom
                            JazakAllah bro I appreciate ur response. I think it should be like once u follow the mufti whom u think gives reasonable proofs regarding quran and hadith and u follow his fatwa, then stick to him only, dont switch to another. But always make sure the fatwa was according to Quran and sunnah and ask them the reasons for it.
                            I follow those at askimam, I always post there my questions, the mufti gave proof that it is like imitating kufar women,and also that she may not cut or trim the hair even if husband wants to. Kafir women have all sorts of different hair styles, so u cant say if I cut my hair it wont be like them. Infact muslims women usually only now have long hair. Keeping long hair aint that much of a problem to wash it or comb it, am speaking from personal experience.
                            Now the Sheikh says its ok, the mufti is saying its not, both stated their proofs, ab

                            I think its better if I just leave it
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                            • #15
                              As salaam alai kum

                              Sis you are gonna be in a fix if you think that one cannot trim ones hair. Take the example of alchohol. One drop is haraam and so is one bottle. Similarly in the case of the hair, if you have a rule that trimming it is haraam you are gonna be commiting a sin if you ever cut one inch of a single strand of your hair.

                              Imitating the kuffar women is a general statement which has to be understood very carefuly. It means a type of hairstyle or haircut which would at once identify you as one of the kuffar. The non muslims today are known to have all kinds of hairstyles including long hair. This does not mean that you have to be different from each and every single non muslim women. This is not gonna be possible. Infact even if you wanna adopt a hairstyle which is typically arab you are yet gonna be in a fix as there are thousands of arabs who are nonmuslims.

                              The only argument presented by the people who say women cannot trim thier hair is - imitating the kuffar.
                              Please reheck with the guys at askimaam. Ask them for some clarification on what exactly do they mean by imitating the kuffar as this is a very loose term. Imitating the kuffar as i have been taught means anything which is exlusive to the kuffar and thier way of life and adopting it would be incompatible with islam. An example of this would be wearing something which has the cross on it, Orange robes which would identify you as a hindu, a jewish cap, earings in the shape of the cross, etc etc.
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