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Article on haircuts

Posted by on Oct. 29, 2009 at 8:46 AM
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ASA Sisters,

I was reading this article on and with living in the states and the "Bob" cut is so popular do youfeel or know if it is Haraam?


We ask Allaah Almighty to increase you in faith and to make you content with the truth. 

Your question includes two issues: 

1 – the ruling on cutting women’s hair. Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 

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 

It was narrated in Saheeh Muslim that Abu Salamah ibn ‘Abd al-Rahmaan said: “The wives of the Prophet [an error occurred while processing this directive] (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to cut their hair until it came just below their ears.” (al-Hayd, 481) 

Al-Nawawi said: this indicates that it is permissible for women to cut their hair short. 

But women should avoid resembling kaafir women or immoral women when they cut their hair 

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan said: 

It is not permissible for a woman to cut her hair short in the back and leave the sides longer, because this involves disfiguring and fooling about with her hair which is part of her beauty, and it also involves imitating the kaafir women. This prohibition also applies to haircuts which are named after kaafir women or animals, like the “Diana” cut, named after a kaafir women, or the “lion” cut or “mouse” cut, because it is haraam to imitate the kaafirs or to imitate animals, and because that involves fooling about with a woman’s hair which is part of her beauty. 



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