Stylish Haircuts and the Sunnah

Ml Yusuf Laher


Nowadays the trend among the youth (and also among those whom cannot be classified as youth anymore) is to adopt stylish haircuts which are in conflict with the Sunnah and goes against the instructions of our beloved Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam). These haircuts have indeed been given strange names like; mushroom wedge, etc.


Similar styles also existed in the time of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) and he forbade this in the following Ahaadeeth:

It is reported from Sayyidina ibni Umar (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) forbade Al Qaza'. It was asked 'what is Al Qaza'? The reply was: to shave a portion of the head of a child and leave hair on a portion. (Mishkaat V2 P504).


It is narrated from Sayyidina ibni Umar (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) saw a boy whose head was partly shaved and there was hair on the other part. He prohibited them from this and said: Either shave all off or keep hair (of the same length) on the entire head. (Abu Dawood V4 P134)


In another narration it is mentioned that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) saw a boy with two plaits or two locks of hair. He forbade this saying that 'this is the style of the Yahood (Jews). (Abu Dawood V4 P134).


From these Ahaadeeth we learn:

(a) The hair should be one size and not two or more lengths on the head.

(b) It is forbidden to shave a part of the head and keep hair on the other part.

(c) We must avoid the styles of the non Muslims.


Parents who allow these forbidden styles of haircuts for their young children carry the burden of going against the instructions of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam).


May Allah Ta'aala grant the Ummah the guidance to love, respect and practice on the Sunnah, Aameen.