[Q-ID0710] Can a Muslim man or woman groom their hair?

QUESTION:

What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: Can a Muslim man or woman groom their hair?

Questioner: Bilal from UK

ANSWER:

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

There is no problem in grooming one’s hair, provided that it does not result in unveiling or the perpetration of any other sin. This is because this is a permissible form of beautification, in fact the Sharī’ah prefers that a Muslim comb their hair, apply oil, etc. and keep it straight, tidy & well-groomed – it prevents a person from keeping their hair scattered & untidy all over the place.

Just as it is stated in a Hadīth of Muwatta’ Imām Mālik, which Imām Mālik narrates from Sayyidunā ‘Atā’ Ibn Yasār that the Noble Messenger of Allāh ﷺ was situated in a Masjid. A person, whose head and beard hair were scattered, thereby presented himself in his noble court.

فَأَشَارَ إِلَيْهِ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم بِيَدِهِ أَنِ اخْرُجْ. كَأَنَّهُ يَعْنِي إِصْلاَحَ شَعَرِ رَأْسِهِ وَلِحْيَتِهِ. فَفَعَلَ الرَّجُلُ، ثُمَّ رَجَعَ. فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم: «أَلَيْسَ هذَا خَيْراً  مِنْ أَنْ يَأْتِيَ أَحَدُكُمْ ثَائِرَ الرَّأْسِ كَأَنَّهُ شَيْطَانٌ

“The Noble Messenger of Allāh ﷺ indicated with his blessed hand that this man should be sent out to groom his hair and beard. The man did so and then returned. The Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said, ‘Isn’t this better than one of you coming with disordered & untidy hair, as if he were a devil?’”

[al-Muwatta’, vol 2, pg 435-436, Hadīth no 1819]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadiri
Translated by Haider Ali

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