Thursday, October 30, 2014

Long Hair in Islam

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Long Hair in Islam
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1.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did have long hair but growing long hair in our days with the intention of imitating Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is not considered a Sunnah. The reason behind this ruling is that long hair was the norm and a common practice among the people living in Arabia, especially for the fact that having long hair protected men's heads and necks from the heat of the sun and from dust. For this reason, such matters, which are related to a society's customs, to its environment, to its tradition, and to its habits, are not linked to the Sunnah because there are no specific Hadiths related to them. Instead, the ruling nowadays should be linked to the common practice of the society. Please note that since it is the practice of many non-Muslims to have long hair, the Muslims should abstain from the practice. Thank you for asking and God knows best.

2.
Letting the hair grow long is not a Sunnah for which the Muslim will be rewarded, rather it is the matter of custom and tradition. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) both let his hair grow long and shaved it, and he did not say that there was any reward for growing the hair long, nor is there any sin in shaving it, but he commanded men to take care of their hair.

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever has hair, let him take care of it.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 4163; classed as hasan by al-Haafiz ibn Hajar in Fath al-Baari, 10/368.

It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: I used to comb the hair of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when I was menstruating. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 291.

The hair of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came down to his earlobes, or between his ears and his shoulders, or it reached his shoulders. When his hair grew long, he would put it in four braids.

It was narrated from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the hair of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) reached his shoulders. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5563; Muslim, 2338.

Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The hair of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came down between his ears and his shoulders. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5565; Muslim, 2338.

According to a report narrated by Muslim: The hair of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came halfway down his ears.

It was narrated that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The hair of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came down longer than his earlobes and shorter than his shoulders. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1755; Abu Dawood, 4187; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.

It was narrated that Umm Haani’ (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Makkah and he had four braids. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1781; Abu Dawood, 4191; Ibn Maajah, 3631; classed as hasan by Ibn Hajar in Fath al-Baari; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Mukhtasar al-Shamaa’il, 23.

Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
What is indicated by the hadeeth is that his hair usually came down to his shoulders, and sometimes it was so long that he wore it in braids, as was narrated by Abu Dawood and al-Tirmidhi with a hasan isnaad from Umm Haani’ who said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Makkah and he had four braids. This is to be understood as referring to times when he was so preoccupied that he could not take care of his hair for a long time, such as when travelling and the like.  
End quote from Fath al-Baari, 10/360.

This is something that was acceptable and usual according to the customs of that time. Customs vary and Muslims may be living in a place where people do not do that, or they regard the one who does that as imitating immoral people, so it should not be done.

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
There is nothing wrong with letting the hair grow long. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) had hair that sometimes came down almost to his shoulders. Although in principle there is nothing wrong with it, nevertheless it is subject to tradition and custom. If custom dictates that this is not done except by a specific group that is traditionally known to be immoral, than those who are decent and of good character should not let their hair grow long, because it is customarily regarded by the people as something that is only done by those who are of low status and immoral. So the issue of whether men may grow their hair long is something that is permitted, but is subject to the customs and traditions of the people. If custom dictates that all people, noble and lowly alike, grow their hair long, there is nothing wrong with it; if it is done only by the lowest of people, then people of honour and status should not do it. No one should respond by saying that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) – who was the noblest of people and the highest in status – used to grow his hair long, because we can see that growing one's hair long is not a Sunnah or an act of worship, rather it is the matter of following customs and traditions.

Fataawa Noor ‘ala Darb
What your husband says about the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) having four braids is correct, but that does not mean that this is a Sunnah for which a person will be rewarded, rather the customs of the people and what they are used to should be heeded. Customs are different now in most countries from what they were in the past.

Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
Nowadays no one braids their hair except soldiers who have long hair; people of righteousness, modesty and knowledge have turned away from this custom, until that has become one of their distinguishing features. Nowadays long hair has virtually become the characteristic of the foolish. It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them – or will be gathered with them (on the Day of Resurrection).” It was said that it means whoever imitates them in their actions, or whoever imitates them in their appearance. This should be sufficient for you. This hadith refers to following the example of the righteous in whatever they do. Growing one's hair or shaving it will not avail anything on the Day of Resurrection, rather what counts will be intentions and deeds; a man whose head is shaved may be better than one who has hair, or a man who has hair may be a righteous man.

Al-Tamheed, 6/80

Conclusion: we should follow custom and tradition with regard to that, so that the Muslim will not expose himself to people’s mockery and backbiting.

And Allah knows best.

3.
There is authentic evidence that the Prophet (peace be upon him) had long hair. The length of his hair was till his earlobe.

Long hair for men is allowed (although short hair is better for men, but long hair is as well as long the man takes care of the hair).

Our actions are only by our intention. If someone keeps his hair long to emulate the Prophet (peace be upon him) and take care of it and care about hygiene of them, then it's ok. On the other hand, if he keeps long hair to emulate the appearance of a certain religious sect or to resemble women, then he is committing a sin that makes him eligible for punishment.

According to this hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah curses men who imitate women and women who imitate men.” [Sunan Abî Dâwûd, Sunan Ibn Mâjah, and others].

Women can have long hair too, even it's one of the beauty signs in different cultures.

Finally, someone may grow his/her hair long based on his/her interest so,with lack of the above stated reasons; it is permissible for him/her to do so, but it should be in the cultural and usual limitation and they should care about its hygiene.

4.
As for men allowing their hair to grow naturally without cutting it, it is generally allowed for a male to leave his hair to grow.

However, letting the hair grow long is not a sunnah (Arabic for: an action done by Prophet Muhammad and repeated by Muslims in order to gain heavenly rewards) for which a Muslim will be rewarded. Rather, it is the matter of customs and traditions. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) let his hair grow long and shaved it, and he did not say that there was any reward for growing the hair long, nor is there any sin in shaving it. However, he commanded men to take care of their hair.

However, a man's hair must not be left to grow long in a way that would resemble women. This is forbidden in Islam as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said that Almighty Allah would curse men who resemble women and curse women who resemble men.

There is nothing wrong in growing a long hair provided that the person takes good care of it, for the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said, "Whoever has hair, let him take care of it." It is also reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to have long hair.

Having said that, the general customs of the society where a person lives are to be taken into consideration. It is not recommended that a Muslim contradicts the customs of the society, as long as they are not forbidden.

Therefore, if growing a long hair is customarily perceived as a bad habit in a certain society, the Muslim is supposed to respect that even if he prefers to grow his hair long.

5.
Yes, son, you can grow your hair long, or short, or be a skinhead if you like. Islam is a belief system and it does not reside in hair.
I hope you know that ours was the last of the prophets. What does that mean? It means that the mankind has progressed intellectually to such a degree that you can now use your brains to decide all kinds of issues in the light of the Koran and the Sunnah. God does not think it necessary to send any more prophets. Rejoice in the confidence reposed in you by the Allah Almighty. Make your own judgements. You are the judge now.

6.
Take this as a rule of thumb: if its not mentioned as Haram by God in the Quran, then no one else has the right to forbid it.

Your hair, beard, nails, teeth, nose, etc. do not determine your righteousness. Just because the prophet (pbuh) had long hair doesn't mean you have to have the same hairstyle he had. What truly matters are your actions and behaviors that says everything.

[7:32] Say, "Who prohibited the nice things GOD has created for His creatures, and the good provisions?" Say, "Such provisions are to be enjoyed in this life by those who believe. Moreover, the good provisions will be exclusively theirs on the Day of Resurrection." We thus explain the revelations for people who know.

7.
Men may keep their hair long unless they do so to emulate the ways of women. If a man grows his hair long for such a reason, then it is unlawful for him to do so. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah curses men who imitate women and women who imitate men.” [Sunan Abî Dâwûd, Sunan Ibn Mâjah, and others]

It might be preferable for a Muslim man to refrain from growing his hair long if it would give an indication of dubious leanings or make him subject to other people’s suspicions and ill opinions. Allah blesses people who avoid such situations.

8.
There is authentic evidence that the Prophet (peace be upon him) had long hair. It was related by Anas that the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) hair that fell upon his shoulders. [Sahîh al-Bukhârî]

However, our actions are only by our intention. If someone keeps his hair long to emulate the Prophet (peace be upon him), then he is practicing a Sunnah for which he will be rewarded. On the other hand, if he keeps long hair to emulate the appearance of a certain religious sect or to resemble women, then he is committing a sin that makes him eligible for punishment. Finally, someone may grow his hair long simply because he likes to and not for any of the above stated reasons. In this case, it is merely permissible for him to do so.

And Allah knows best.

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