Appearance

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

Piercing the Finger

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Q: Is it permissible to pierce your ring finger instead of wearing a wedding ring?

A:
Piercing the finger in order to wear a ring is not permissible. Shariah prohibits damaging any part of the body unnecessarily.  The Sunnah teaches that the ring should be worn on the finger. The only piercing allowed is the piercing of the ear lobe. That is permitted by the Sunnah

And Allah Ta'ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

Minimum Length of a Beard

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Q: What is the meaning of having a fist length of beard in Islam? Can you give the measurement in inches.

A:
The minimum required length of the beard is one fist length on all three sides, your fist length.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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