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Cutting A Woman’s Hair

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta Azaadville


What is the ruling regarding women cutting the hair on their head? If the woman is married and her husband does not like long hair then will it be permissible for her to cut her hair in order to please her husband? If so then what would be the answer to لا طاعة لمخلوق فى معصية الخالق ?
I’ve heard someone in my family saying that Mufti Saheb has given them the Fatwaa of Jawaaz for such a woman to cut her hair, is this true?


The books of Fiqh (jurisprudence) are clear in this matter that it is Haram and sinful for a woman to cut her hair, even if her husband tells her to do so.

This rumour that our Darul-Ifta has given a Fatwa of Jawaaz is not true.

لا يجوز للمرأة قطع شعرها ولو بإذن الزوج، (الأشباه والنظائر ص148 دارالكتب العلمية)

وفيه: قطعت شعر رأسها أثمت ولعنت زاد في البزازية وإن بإذن الزوج لأنه لاطاعة لمخلوق في معصية الخالق، ولذا يحرم على الرجل قطع لحيته، والمعنى المؤثرالتشبه بالرجال اهـ.

قالالشامي رحمه الله: (قوله والمعنى المؤثر) أي العلة المؤثرة في إثمها التشبهبالرجال فإنه لا يجوز كالتشبه بالنساء حتى قال في المجتبى رامزا: يكره غزل الرجلعلى هيئة غزل النساء (رد المحتار 6/407 دار الفكر)

This answer was collected from the official Ifta website of Darul Uloom Azaadville, South Africa. Most of the answers are checked and approved by Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.

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