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The Ruling of Using Hair Extensions in Islam

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Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt


Are hair extensions [made from real human hair] permissible in Islam? If not than what is the reason?


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In Islam, using hair extensions from human hair is prohibited due to the Prophetic prohibition in narrations. One may use synthetic hair extensions if they wish. – (See: Aḥsan al-Fatāwā and Fatāwā al-Hindīyyah).

One logical explanation of the prohibition is that this is tampering with God’s creation which is forbidden according to the instructions of the Qurʾān. This act is also attributed as a devilish action in the Qur’ānic verse 4:119.

“Allah has cursed the woman who joins [her or someone else’s] hair [with the hair of another man or a woman] and also the woman who asks for her hair to be joined [with the hair of another person].” – (Ṣaḥīḥ Bukhāri)

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This answer was collected from Mathabah.org. It’s an Islamic educational institute based in Canada. The questions are generally answered by Sheikh Yusuf Badat and Sheikh Omar Subedar.

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