HAIR DRESSING AND COMBING


Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) did not forget this item of cleanliness. He said: “Whoso has got hair let him honour it”. This means oiling, combing and cleansing the hair. He always kept guard over his hair and kept them in proper order by parting them from the middle of the head. He once said to a man: “Is this (combing) not better than that one of you should come while he is dishevelled in hair as if he is a devil?” He directed his companions to shave, shorten or clip their moustaches, to preserve health, to keep beard, to shave the hair of the private parts, to pair nails, and to shave the hair of the armpit.

Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) used antimony (Surma) with paint-stick every night before going to bed as it brightens eye-sight, and grows hair on eyebrows.

Islam does not approve the wearing of a wig for men and women. “The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) has made it clear that wearing a wig is prohibited”. He indeed cursed a woman who requests another to help her attach hair to her own hair, in order to give her a false appearance, and the one who gives such help. This area is an extension of the Islamic principle that falsehood is rejected. Wearing hair over one’s own gives a false appearance and, therefore, is forbidden.

A woman asked the Habeeb (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) about her young daughter who lost much hair through an illness. She wished to know whether she was allowed to wear a wig. The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) made it clear to her that “that” was not permissible.

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