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Ruling on Shortening the Sides of the Hair More Than the Middle

All priase be to allah.

The latest trend that is seen in today's youth is that they shorten the sides of the hair more than the middle.

The shortening of hair from the sides and keeping it in middle comes under the heading of qaza. And qaza is forbidden.

Al-bukhaari (5921) and muslim (2120) narrated from ibn ‘umar that the messenger of allaah (blessings and peace of allaah be upon him) forbade qaza’. Naafi’ (one of the narrators of the hadeeth) said, explaining qaza’: shaving part of a boy’s head and leaving part.

Al-nasaa’i (5048) and abu dawood (4195) narrated from ibn ‘umar that the prophet (blessings and peace of allaah be upon him) saw a boy part of whose head had been shaved and part of it left. He told them not to do that and said: “shave all of it or leave all of it.” Al-albaani classed it as saheeh in saheeh al-nasaa’i.

that includes cutting some of the hair short and leaving some.

What is the ruling on leaving some of the hair longer than the rest?

Answer: abu dawood narrated from ‘abd-allaah ibn ‘umar (may allaah be pleased with him) that the messenger of allaah (blessings and peace of allaah be upon him) forbade qaza’ and said: “shave all of it or leave all of it.”

Qaza includes shaving some part of the head and leaving the other. As most of the non believers do, they keep the hair in the middle and shave from the sides or they shave the middle hair and leave the rest. This action is known to be of magians, the highest zoarastrian priests. The messenger of allah has said that whoever imitates people is among them. Thus, it is known that it is not permissible to leave some parts of the hair longer than others.

It has become common among many men and women that they shave the portion of head and keep the rest upto 10 -13 cms long. The ruling n keeping such a hair cut is that it is forbidden and haram.

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It is wrong and is blindly following the beliefs and actions of others without giving a thought if itt is good or bad. Also, it comes under the heading of qaza.

it was narrated that the prophet (blessings and peace of allaah be upon him) forbade qaza’; he saw a boy who had part of his head shaved and he said: “shave all of it or leave all of it.”

We must understand that not all trends make us beautiful. Allah subhana-wa-taala has made us beautiful in our form and doing something that is not natural does not make one beautiful. It spoils peopls appearance. There is no benefit in it rather it incurs the overheadof maintenance cost, which is of course the wastage of money and time. It is our sincere advice to all men and women to think before adopting any foolish western trend just to look beautiful. Men should keep a natural hairstyle and women must follow their mothers and grandmothers.

Shaykh muhammad al-mukhtaar al-shanqeeti (may allaah preserve him) said: the one who cut the hair on the sides of his head and makes the hair thick in the middle of the head is included in this, because this is imitating immoral people. Some of the scholars (may allaah have mercy on them) referred to that. We know that some of our earlier shaykhs were very strict with regard to cutting some parts of the hair and not others, and they regarded that as coming under the heading of qaza’ and they said: either cut all of it or shave all of it. This is the basic principle we should follow, according to the scholars. The sunnah with regard to hair is to shave all of it or cut all of it, not to cut some of it and leave some of it, because this is an imitation of corrupt people. End quote from sharh zaad al-mustaqni’.

And allah knows best.


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