Fatwa: # 39485
Category: Women
Country: Canada
Date: 10th August 2018


Women cutting hair


Assalaamualaikum wrth wbrkth respected Ulama,

I had a question with regard to cutting my hair. I have come across your fatwas (#39050 and # 37677) about women cutting thier hair, but did not find an answer for what I was looking with regards to the length, and hence I submit my mas'lah. As soon as I learnt (from my Mufti sahab's daughter in Darul Uloom) that women are not allowed to cut thier hair (7 years ago when I was 18), I never cut my hair after that and let it continue to grow, and never questioned it. I only trimmed it one or twice every year (less than 2 inches) and on the 3 times I performed Umrah (the 'finger-wrap' length that we are supposed to).

As such, I've had my hair past my knees for more than 6 years, and now it has reached my calves for the past year. I do not show my hair to anyone, except in the house to my mahrams (brothers, father and sometimes blood uncles etc.) and observe niqab alhamdulillah. By no means am I wanting to cut it for fashion or 'ease' my life by going against the commands of Allah (if I had wanted for it to be easier, I wouldn't have let it grow to my calves!). I wanted to know if I would be permitted to cut my hair to past my waist (covering my bottom) as you can imagine how difficult it is with hair to my calves. If I do cut it, would it decrease my 'status' (not that I know I really have one or not) in the eyes of Allah; would it be disliked even though if you are to permit it? In essence, is there sin on a person who cuts thier calf-length hair to their past thier waist? As well, would it be okay if the hair only reaches to the waist/bottom; what is the minimum/maximum length?

May Allah ta'aala grant you rewards and accepts all your efforts in this amazing endeavor, aameen. Please keep my family and I in your duas. Assalaamualaikum wrth wbrkth.


In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Sister in Islaam,

May Allaah Ta’aala reward you for your steadfastness on Deen. Aameen.

In principle, it is not permissible for women to shave or trim their hair[1].

However, Hadhrat Mufti Abdur Rahim Lajpuri (Rahimahullaah) states,

البتہ اتنے بڑے ہوں کہ سرین سے بھی نیچے ہوجائیں اور عیب دار معلوم ہونے لگیں تو سرین سے نیچے والے حصہ کے بالوں کو کاٹا جاسکتا ہے 

Translation: “However, if the hair lengthens such that it goes below the waist and it is deemed unbeautiful, then it will be permissible to cut the hair that is below the waist. [2]

Accordingly, it will be permissible for you to shorten your hair till your waist. You will not be sinful for this nor will your status decrease in the sight of Allaah Ta’aala.

And Allaah Ta’aala Knows Best

Ibn al-Fawz

Student, Darul Iftaa


Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1]  الدر المختار شرح تنوير الأبصار وجامع البحار (ص: 664) 

قطعت شعر رأسها أثمت ولعنت. زاد في البزازية: وإن بإذن الزوج لا طاعة لمخلوق في معصية الخالق، ولذا يحرم على الرجل قطع لحيته، والمعنى المؤثر التشبه بالرجال


خلاصة الفتاوى (2/52)

لو قطعت شعر رأسها عليها أن تستغفر


كناب جمل الأحكام للناطفي (ص: 165)

المرأة إذا قطعت شعرها أثمت ودخلت تحت اللعنة وعليها أن تستغفر الله تعالى وتتوب


غمز عيون البصائر في شرح الأشباه والنظائر (3/ 262) 

قوله : لا يجوز للمرأة قطع شعرها إلخ . قال في البزازية وعليها الاستغفار.


الملتقط للسمرقندي (ص: 102)

لا يحل للمرءة قطع شعرها كما لا يحل للرجل قطع لحيته


تنقيح الفتاوى الحامدية (4/ 237) 

وقد ذكر العلائي في الدر المختار من الحظر والإباحة عن المجتبى والبزازية إذا قطعت شعر رأسها أثمت ولعنت وإن بإذن الزوج ؛ لأنه { لا طاعة لمخلوق في معصية الخالق } ولذا يحرم للرجل قطع لحيته والمعنى المؤثر التشبه بالرجال


الفتاوى البزازية للكردري (1/ 138)

ولو قطعت شعر نفسها عليها الإستغفار


الأشباه والنظائر - حنفي (ص: 201) 

لا يجوز للمرأة قطع شعرها ولو بإذن الزوج


امداد الفتاوى (4/229)

قلت: والحلق عام للقص كما ذكر فشمله الحديث. والله أعلم


 فتاوى دار العلوم زكريا (7/360) 

فتاوى رحيميه (5/454)

آپ کے مسائل اور ان کا حل (8/327)

بهشتي زيور (حصه 11/تتمه حصه 5)



[2]   فتاوی رحيميه (120/10)

عورت کے زیادہ لمبے بال کاٹ کر کم کرنا؟

جواب: گھنے اور لمبے بال عورتوں اور بچیوں کے لۓ باعث زینت ہیں آسمانوں پر فرشتوں کی تسبیح ہے سبحان من زين الرجال باللحى وزين النساء بالذوائب ۔ ۔ ۔ لہذا بالوں کو چھوٹا نہ کیا جاۓ البتہ اتنے بڑے ہوں کہ سرین سے بھی نیچے ہوجائیں اور عیب دار معلوم ہونے لگیں تو سرین سے نیچے والے حصہ کے بالوں کو کاٹا جاسکتا ہے 


فتاوی دار العلوم ديوبند اسوال 4872


الأشباه والنظائر لابن نجيم (ص: 73)

الضَّرُورَاتُ تُبِيحُ الْمَحْظُورَاتِ


الأشباه والنظائر لابن نجيم (ص: 73)

مَا أُبِيحَ لِلضَّرُورَةِ يُقَدَّرُ بِقَدْرِهَا

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