Haircuts for Women. An Update
Posted: 11 Safar 1424, 13 April 2003
Update: I have to make it clear that I have never issued any fatwa for
the permissibility of the hair cut prevalent among the modern women which has
a clear resemblance with non-Muslims. The question frequently asked here in my
country was that some women cut their hair from the lower side in the belief
that it will help in speedy growth of their hair and will make their hair
longer in future. Cutting of the hairs in this case does not exceed a few
inches. Similarly, some women do this to equate the level of their hairs from
the lower side. I was frequently asked about this type of cutting. Since it
does not have any resemblance with men or non-muslim women which was the basic
cause of prohibition according to Imdad-ul-Fatawa v.4, p.227, and
Imdad-ul-Ahkam v.4, p.354, I replied that this type of cutting or trimming is
As for my answer that is placed at the website, I have to clarify some points:
1. It was a question received at email. Since the question specifically mentioned that it relates to that type of hair cutting which has no resemblance with men or non-muslim women, I presumed that the person who has asked this question knows and admits the impermissibility of the prevalent haircut which resembles with non-muslim women, and the conditions mentioned in the question ruled out this possibility. Based on this presumption I replied in affirmative subject to these conditions.
2. The answer was given through email privately on the above presumption and was not intended to be published, but now when it has been published and was misused in favor of that haircut which has clear resemblance with non-muslims I feel that I should have clarified it in express terms.
Especially, after reading the question once again, I noticed that there is a sentence in the citation from Shaikh Abdullah which might create misunderstanding and which was perhaps missed by me at that time otherwise I would have clarified the issue at that time.
3. Now, it should be clearly understood that I have never issued a fatwa for the permissibility of cutting the hairs of women up to the shoulders or up to the ears, as is practiced by the European or American women, and in their imitation, by some others.
However, trimming the hair in order to make them grow quicker, or to bring
them in a level in which there is no resemblance with men or non-muslim women
is permissible. My answer that has been put on the website should be read in
the light of this explanation.
Q.) I want to know the ruling on the hair cutting of women which involves:-
1. No resemblance with men.
2. No resemblance with Kaafir women.
3. Done with the consent of husband.
I have already heard of the general ruling on this subject that it is haram. But what makes me still ask the question is that the Arab Ulema including the grand Mufti of Saudia Sheikh Abdullah Bin Baz say: "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 Allah is the Source of strength." (See Fataawa al-Mar'ah al-Muslimah, part 2, p. 515)
So I want to know the Daleel of Ahnaf by which they say this to be haram. Kindly guide to the solution which is most near to Qur'an & Sunnah. Also tell me the views of the four respected Imams on this issue. [Abdul Mateen]
A.) Given the three conditions mentioned in your question I am agreeable to the Fatawa of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Baz