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Long hair for men.

Published: 24/08/2011 07:42:00 PM GMT
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Is it permissible for Muslim men to have long hair? I heard that having long hair is the Sunnah. Is this correct?

swered by

the Fatwa Department Research Committee - chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî

We have the following two fatwâs that discuss long hair for men:

Answered by: Sheikh Muhammad al-Mani`î, Professor at Umm al-Qurâ University

Men may keep their hair long unless they do so to emulate the ways of women. If a man grows his hair long for such a reason, then it is unlawful for him to do so. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Allah curses men who immitate women and women who immitate men.” [Sunan Abî Dâwûd, Sunan Ibn Mâjah, and others]

It might be preferable for a Muslim man to refrain from growing his hair long if it would give an indication of dubious leanings or make him subject to other people’s suspicions and ill opinions. Allah blesses people who avoid such situations.

And Allah knows best.

Answered by: Sheikh `Abd Allah b. Sardâr

There is authentic evidence that the Prophet (peace be upon him) had long hair. It was related by Anas that the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) hair that fell upon his shoulders. [Sahîh al-Bukhârî]

However, our actions are only by our intention. If someone keeps his hair long to emulate the Prophet (peace be upon him), then he is practicing a Sunnah for which he will be rewarded. On the other hand, if he keeps long hair to emulate the appearance of a certain religious sect or to resemble women, then he is committing a sin that makes him eligible for punishment. Finally, someone may grow his hair long simply because he likes to and not for any of the above stated reasons. In this case, it is merely permissible for him to do so.

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today

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