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Compulsion of Beard Length

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Q: I know that keeping a beard is sunnah, however I still cannot get used to it or like it this long and untidy on my husband since he decided to grow one. Do I have a say in this or is it wrong to say anything at all?

A:
The compulsory length of a beard is a fist-length all round.

When the beard exceeds this length then the person is allowed to trim the excess and bring it to a fist-length.

Tell yourself that Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam kept a beard and instructed others to do the same.

He is allowed to trim on the cheeks, neck and throat and to cut the excess after a fist-length. So although the beard may be of the required length, it can still be kept neat.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Women Cutting Hair

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Q: We have always known that it is not permissible for a woman to cut her hair but nowadays it has become the norm and not regarded as a sin for women to cut and style their hair. Many aalims too make their wives cut their hair saying that it is for them i.e. the husbands. My question is, Is it a sin? What is the fatwa regarding this and what will happen to all those who blatantly disregard this as a sin. Please provide a detailed explanation so i can share with the sisters.

A:
The Shari'ah commands that females lengthen their hair. The law of Shari'ah will not be violated to please anyone, even the husband. Her first obligation is to Allah Ta'aala and His Rasool (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam), and thereafter to the creation, on condition that it is not contrary to any teaching of Islam.

A Hadeeth narrated by Sayyidina Imraan (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) says that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: There is no obedience to the creation if (in it) there is disobedience to Allah. (Al Mu'jamul Kabeer V18 P177).

So even if the husband commands her to cut her hair, she has the right and obligation to refuse.

Understand that the actions of the Aalims is not a Shar'i proof.

Hadhrat Mufti Abdur Raheem Saheb Lajpuri (Rahmatullaahi Alayh has written in his Fatwa Kitab "Fataawa Raheemiyyah V10 P120:

If a husband because of fashion instructs his wife or because the woman is herself inclined to fashion cuts her hair then is a grave sin and Haraam. Obeying the husband in matters of sin is not permissible.

It is mentioned in Hadeeth from Sayyidina Ali Radhiyallaahu Anhu): Rasulullah Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam forbade that a woman shave her head. (Tirmidhi, Nasa'i).
Ulama have included cutting too in this narration.

Thus it is mentioned in the famous book of Fiqh 'Durre Mukhtaar' V5 P727: If a woman cuts her hair she has sinned and she becomes accursed.... even if the husband grants permission.

It is mentioned in Bahishti Zewar by Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (Rahmatullaahi Alayh): It is Haraam for a woman to shave or cut her hair. Such a woman has been cursed in Hadeeth.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Hair Extensions

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Q: Is adding temporary hair extensions to make a hair style, not permanent and the extensions are not real hair, permissible?

A:
It appears in one Hadeeth of Bukhaari that Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) cursed the female who adds human hair to her natural hair for purposes of beauty and make-up. Among the various reasons for prohibition is that human hair is sacred and cannot be used for any purpose once it has been severed from the body.

Thus it will not be permissible to sell and use human hair.

Using artificial hair (synthetic) and hair/wool from animals is permissible. (Raddul Muhtaar V19 P238). To sell it will also be permissible.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Making Beard Neat

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Q: As a Muslim male from West Indies my beard is very scruffy and messy. My job requires me to be smart, yet my beard grows uneven and sticks out and makes it look like I don't care. Is there any way that it could be ok just to make it tidy while not cutting it completely? I see many imams etc with beards that look very smart. I know it doesn't grow that way.

A:
You may trim on the cheeks and the throat. The minimum length of the beard is one fist length all round. So if there is any portion of the beard that has exceeded a fist length, that portion may be trimmed to a fist length and not the portion that is shorter. It will take a bit of time but eventually it will even out.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Leg Bracelets for Boy

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Q: Can a new born baby boy wear two bracelets made of mix of  copper and silver on his legs?

A: Wearing of these bracelets is not substantiated in the Sunnah so it must be avoided.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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