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Topic #63: Can a woman cut her hair in Islam?


Can a woman cut her hair in Islam?

Can a woman cut her hair in Islam? [woman hair cutting islam; baal katna in islam; hair cutting for girls islam]


There is nothing in the Quran or the authentic and established Sunnah which prohibits the believing woman from cutting her hair as she wishes to, or to color, shape or style it in any way it pleases her and her husband, provided certain stipulated conditions are not violated:


1. They do not copy the hair-styles of men.

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.820 Narrated by Ibn Abbas The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) invoked the curse of Allah on men who imitate women, and those women who assume the similitude of men.

2. They do not copy the hair-style of any pagan people or culture.

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4649 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-'As Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said, "He does not belong to us who imitates other people.

3. They do not shape their hair by making a hump on the top of their heads.

Sahih Muslim Hadith 6840 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: There are two types, amongst the denizens of Hell, I have yet not seen them. One possessing whips like the tail of an ox and they flog people with them. (The second one) the women who would be naked, in spite of their being dressed, who are seduced (to wrong paths) and seduce others with their hair high like humps. These women would not get into Paradise, and they would not perceive the odour of Paradise, although its fragrance can be perceived from such and such distance (from great distance)

4. They do not shave their heads.

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4485 Narrated by Ali ibn AbuTalib Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) forbade that a woman should shave her head.

And Allah knows best!

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