[Q 144] Fade haircut and other hairstyles in Shariah


What do the Scholars of Islam say regarding getting a fade haircut?

Can the respected scholars also explain what makes a haircut haram and what hairstyles are okay to keep.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب بعون الملك الوهاب اللهم هداية الحق والصواب


Two conditions regarding hair have been described in the sacred Shariah:

1) The first one is keeping hair on the entire head and make a parting this is a special Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. In this case, the hair can be grown till the shoulders at most, not more than that.

2) The second is to shave the head completely as was the noble habit of Hazrat Ali کرم اللہ تعالی وجھہ الکریم and it is proven that the Prophet ﷺ also had his head shaved at the time of Hajj.

Qaza’ is one of the prohibited forms of cutting hair, which means shaving hair from different parts of the head while leaving hair on some parts.

It is stated in Bahar-e-Shariat: “The prohibition of Qaza’ mentioned in Hadith means to shave hair from multiple places on the head and leave some parts unshaved. It is better to either shave the entire head or keep full hair; not that some are shaved and some are left.”

(Bahar-e-Shariat, Vol 3, p.590)

Growing hair below the shoulders is also a sin. It is a resemblance with women, which is prohibited. Keeping hairstyles that are characteristic of non-Muslims should also be avoided.

From this detail, it is clear that:

Though fade haircut is not a Sunnah way, it is not a sin if someone keeps it. However, Muslims should adopt the Prophetic Sunnah in all matters.

Answered by: Mubashir Attari (AskMufti Scholar)

Verified by: Mufti Sajid Attari

Translated by: Shaheer Attari

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