What is the maximum length of a Muslim male`s hair and what constitutes imitation of women? How is such a person`s Imamat?

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Assalamu alaykum W. W

Muhtaram Hazrat Mufti sb,

Kindly enlighten me on the following issues in the light of Shari’ah:

What is the maximum shar’ee length of a Muslim male hair? If an imam’s hair is longer than the prescribed length, will it be considered as an imitation of women? What will be the status of such an imam’s imamat?

Jazak Allah.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is permissible, in fact Sunnah, for males to grow their hair either up to the earlobe or even in line of or just above the shoulders. However, to lengthen long tresses of hair resembling women or sinners is impermissible[1]. Therefore, if the hair beyond the shoulders resemble the trait of a specific culture or immoral people,  it will not be permissible[2].

It is Makrooh-e-Tahrimi (prohibitively disliked) to forward such a person to lead Salah[3].

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Hanif Yusuf Patel

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1][Fatawa Mahmudiyyah, 19: 433, Dar al-Iftaa Jmaiah Faruqiyyah, Karachi; Ahsan al-Fatawa, 8: 81, H. M. Saeed Company]

(Maulana) Ashraf Ali Thanvi, Masa’il of the Hairs. Available from:

[2] ایسے بال رکھنا جو کفار وفساق کا شعار ہو، یہ تشبہ بالکفار والفساق کی وجہ سے ممنوع ہے، البتہ اس میں یہ تفصیل ہے کہ ہر زمانہ میں اس وقت کے کفار وفساق کے شعار کا اعتبار ھوگا

[Ahsan al-Fatawa, 8: 82, H.M. Saeed Company]

[3] وكره إمامة العبد ولأعرابي والفاسق

[Al-Bahr ar-Ra`iq, 1: 607/610; ad-Durr al-Mukhtar ma`a Radd al-Muhtar, 1: 559-60, H. M. Saeed Company]

جس شخص کے سر کے بال ، داڑہی، لباس، خلاف شرع ہو اس کو نہ دوسرے لوگ امام بنائيں نہ وہ خود امامت کے لۓ مصلے پر جاۓ، چونکہ ایسا شخص فاسق ہے اور فاسق کو مستقل امام بنانا مکروہ تحریمی ہے

[Fatawa Mahmudiyyah, 6: 128-9, Dar al-Iftaa Jamiah Faruqiyyah, Karachi]

This answer was collected from, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Hanif Yusuf Patel. He graduated from Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda, Blackburn, U.K, with a distinction in Alimiyyah degree. He thereafter travelled to Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah Durban, South Africa, to train as a Mufti under the tutelage of Mufti Ebrahim Desai and Mufti Husain Kadodia.

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