Women cutting their hair

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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?


A: It is not permissible for women to cut or trim their hair.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

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.