May a woman cut her hair?

 

 

 

Question:

assalamu'alaikum

Is it permissible for a woman to keep her hair trimmed to shoulder length if her husband likes it that way and she is used to it from childhood and it makes it easier to care for?
 
wassalam

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

Answer:

It is generally encouraged for women to let their hair grow naturally. The women in the time of Rasulullah (may peace and salutations be upon him) as well as in the time of the sahaba did not trim their hair. Rather keeping the hair long was understood to be a sign of beauty. Women asked Rasulullah (may peace and salutations be upon him) if they could further lengthen their hair by joining extra hair to the existing hair. Rasulullah (may peace and salutations be upon him) prohibited them from doing so because it is a form of altering the nature of the way Allah subhanahu wa ta' ala has created us.
 
Trimming the hair until it is above the shoulders is undoubtedly impermissible. Trimming it below the shoulders is also impermissible according the vast majority of our scholars.

والله اعلم

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best.

Taha Abdulkareem

Approved by Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani