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  • #16
    Originally posted by thekid
    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.
    walaikom salaam
    Bro JazakAllah for clearing it up a lot for me. At askimam they said as she will be imitating men,apart from imitating kufar as well, so its not allowed, the women posted a question regarding if she could cut a little from the front and that was the reply they gave.
    Anyhows thanks a lot for clearing it up, I will read more about this before I decide what to do insha Allah.
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    • #17

      Am I 'hearing' this right?

      We're not Sikhs you know! If you go for too long without trimming your hair you get split ends which look disgusting! (Against Islam).

      Plus, the more weight you expose your hair roots to, the more chance you have of going bald.
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      • #18
        From what I have been told (by scholars I know) is that Muftis tend to say it is not allowed, to prevent fitnar. The ignorant misuse the information to satisfy their naffs.
        Cutting the hair is permissable but under strict conditions. Prefered are women with long hair and men with beards. Some Muslims use the hadith that Aisha's(ra) hair was dripping on her shoulders...this was infact after the Prophet(saw) had died and she had performed many Umrahs. But of course the ignorant use this to satisfy their naffs and use it as an excuse to have short hair styles.
        Amongst conditions are that she is too old to manage long hair, and for medical reasons. Trimming is permitted to keep the hair in good condition, but this doesnt include fringes and layers, or any western styling. All of the hair should be trimmed minimally to the same level...and it is prefered that the hair is allowed to reach below breast level before she even does this. Another condition is that she has her husbands approval. To be honest we have a policy at our school to tell the girls they must be married before they cut their hair or shave their legs even...this is because an unmarried girl has no business showing her hair or legs to anyone, and will often 'accidently' let them show if she thinks they look good.
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        • #19
          women also need to maintain the health and beauty of their hair not only for thier sakes but also for the pleasures of their husband.

          And part of maintiang includes trimming to get rid of things like split ends.

          Accept the changes in your life and they will accept you too


          • #20
            Assalamulaikom from askimam,
            Allah Ta'ala created the Human being, individually perfect - with no stigma
            of sin and in the best shape.
            In Surah Teen Allah Ta'ala declares:

            'Indeed we have created human beings of the best stature.'(At-tin : 4)
            Every part of the human body has been placed respectively to serve its
            purpose. Some parts, organs and limbs play an important and vital role
            whilst others have a minor supporting role. At the outset, looking at the
            external human appearance its beauty is manifest immediately and, it's at
            this juncture that we are most grateful to Allah Ta'ala.
            Consequently, we are not owners of ourselves i.e. we have been entrusted by
            Allah Ta'ala with our physical body and internal self. Therefore, as this is
            a Trust (Amaanat), it does not belong to us; and as a result, we have to
            obey and respect its obligations. If the Maker requires us to fulfil a
            certain requirement, e.g. to cover a portion of the body from the navel to
            the knee in the case of men then that law is to be obeyed.
            Similarly, a woman is required to keep and wear her hair without cutting it
            This latter issue will be highlighted in the following discourse.
            Allah Ta'ala has concentrated the physical beauty of the human being in the
            upper part of the body, i.e. the face. The face is probably the most
            important feature in the whole external anatomy of the human being. In fact,
            every effect and reaction becomes evident on the face instantly. Hence, the
            face is the central part of the whole body exposed entirely and at all
            It is obvious that, what surrounds the face displays an important value and
            forms a protective gear. Moreover, it displays the beauty and identity of a
            person. Therefore, the long hair of the woman professes her beauty, the one
            most powerful image of a female.
            During Hajj/Umrah, in order to come out of the Ihraam, a man can either make
            Halq (shave) or Qasr (trim) of the hair on the head. For a woman, she has to
            clip the size of the small finger (approximately 2cm.)
            >From among the restriction imposed on her during Hajj is (as the text
            appears in the Fiqh book, Al-Quduri).

            'She will not shave but trim'

            'Because Rasulullah (Sallallaaahu layhi Wasallam) forbade women from shaving
            but commanded them to trim (the hair).'
            The fact that women are only allowed to trim - a short length (2cm) and not
            more - explains the issue under discussion.
            Once the wife of Rasulullah (Sallallaaahu layhi Wasallam), Hadhrat Umme
            Salamah (Radhiyallaahu Anha) asked him, 'O Prophet of Allah, I am a woman
            who keeps her hair closely plaited; should I unto it when I wash after
            sexual defilement?' 'No' he replied, 'It is enough for you to throw three
            handfuls over it (your head)'.
            In another Hadith, Rasulullah (Sallallaaahu layhi Wasallam) replied to a
            question saying, 'As regards man, he should undo the hair of his head and
            wash it until the water reach the roots of the hair. But there is no harm if
            the woman does not undo it (her hair) and pours three handful of water over
            her head.
            These traditions clearly indicate that women are allowed, in exceptional
            cases, to throw water over their heads - which is not the real matter of
            discussion here - but that:
            a) the wife of Rasulullah (Sallallaaahu layhi Wasallam), Umme Salamah
            (Radhiyallaahu nhaa) herself had long hair;
            NOTE : The Noble Qur'an refers to them (wives) as the (Mothers of the
            b) no directive was given to cut, trim, clip, or shave the hair in order to
            solve the problem ; and ,
            c) in many such questions a similar answer was given.
            In one of the most popular books of Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) Hidaayah,
            the text reads:

            "It is not necessary for a woman to release her plaits when taking a bath,
            if the water reaches the root of her hair."
            4) Sheikh Hafiz says in Fathul Qadeer :

            "It is not permissible for men to imitate women in clothing and
            beautification that are especially associated with women only (and vice
            5) Hadith:

            'Ibn Abbas (Radhiyallaahu nhu) reported that Rasulullah (Sallallaaahu layhi
            Wasallam) cursed the hermaphrodite from the men and the like from the
            6) Hadith;

            Rasulullah (Sallallaaahu layhi Wasallam) said : Glory (to Allah) who
            beautified men by the beard and (similarly) women by their lock of hair.
            (Takmela e Bahr Raiq vol. 3 p. 331)
            7) By nature, Allah Ta'ala has distinguished men from women respectively in
            their beauty, e.g. externally the masculine beauty of a man is in the beard
            and the feminine beauty of a woman is in her long hair.

            It is reported from Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallaahu nhu) that Rasulullah
            (Sallallaaahu layhi Wasallam) prohibited a woman from shaving her hair.
            Hence, for men to shave the beard is like the women shaving their head.
            8) In their external features Allah Ta'ala created both sexes differently.
            For this and other reasons men are strictly prohibited to imitate women and
            vice versa.

            Rasulullah (Sallallaaahu layhi Wasallam) cursed men who imitate women and
            cursed women who imitate men. (
            9) Hadith

            Glory (to Allah) who beautified men by their beard and beautified women by
            their plaits and locks of hair. (Takmela e Bahr Raiq vol. 3 p. 331)
            NOTE: The above is a hymn read by groups of angels as indicted in the
            In conclusion, we must remember that our perpetual enemy, Shaitaan, will
            cause us to deviate from the truth and constantly instruct us to follow his
            dubious ways. Allah Ta'ala says, "And surely I (Shaitaan) will most
            definitely deviate them, aspire them and order them;hence they will change
            Allah's creation."(Qur'an 4:119)
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            • #21
              Cutting hair

              Asalaam Aleikum brothers and sisters. Can somebody please tell me what the quran says about women cutting their hair.... because I like short cropped hair - I could be doing the wrong thing?? please...


              • #22
                Maybe you can browse the following site for more info:


                Woman going to salons to have their hair cut


                Can a woman go to the hair dressers to have her hair cut?.


                Praise be to Allaah.

                The basic principle is that it is permissible to go to these places, so long as that does not involve anything haraam, such as if the one who cuts the hair is a man, or if the hair is cut in a manner that resembles kaafir women, immoral women or men. And Allaah knows best.

                See Question no. 13744.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Consider
                  or if the hair is cut in a manner that resembles kaafir women, immoral women...
                  What does that exactly mean? :scratch:

                  Anything that you do to your hair could be seen as resembling a kaafir woman. :scratch:
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                  Restricted by the sky?

                  Does the fish want to dance on the wind,
                  Not enough river to explore?

                  Yet the sky is freedom for the bird
                  but death for the fish,

                  The sea is wide for the fish
                  but will engulf the bird.

                  We ask for freedom but freedom to do what?
                  We can only express our nature as it was created.

                  The prayer mat of the earth is freedom,
                  freedom from slavery to other than the One,
                  Who offers an shoreless ocean of love to swim in
                  and a horizon that extends to the next life,
                  Yet we chose the prison and call it freedom.

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                  • #24
                    every hair style I know has been worn by a kafir woman.

                    3:103 And hold fast, all together, unto the bond with God, and do not draw apart from one another. And remember the blessings which God has bestowed upon you: how, when you were enemies, He brought your hearts together, so that through His blessing you became brethren; and [how, when] you were on the brink of a fiery abyss. He saved you from it. In this way God makes clear His messages unto you, so that you might find guidance.


                    • #25
                      maybe it means hair styles that may make you resemble the women of a certain religion, and immoral...well it isnt really fitting for a muslim sister to have a mohawk is it? (or [ how would she fit it under her hijaab........unless she got a custom made one ;) ) ..also a lot of sisters have hairstyles which make it really hard for them to keep all their hair in their hijaab
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