Q: Are women allowed to cut their hair? I heard some scholars say that this is not permitted because it is an imitation of men or the Kuffar. However, doesn’t what is and isn’t imitating men change with culture/times? Nowadays nearly all Muslim women cut their hair, and women cutting hair is considered normal in my culture (Turkish) and not all an imitation of men. Not to mention long/heavy hair is very difficult to maintain, and hard to cover fully when wearing a Hijab. So as long as the haircut does not imitate the Kuffar and is still long (not imitating the men), then is it permissible? If not, what is the proof of this?
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.