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Women: Cutting and Dyeing Hair

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Can a woman cut her hair if her husband wants her to? Would it be a sin on the husband as well as on the wife? I was told that a woman should not cut her hair even with her husband’s permission. But aren’t we supposed to please our husbands? Whether a woman wears hijab or not, can she also dye her hair with her husband’s permission?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful & Compassionate

From a previous question answered by Faraz Rabbani:

‘According to leading Hanafi scholars of Syria, including Shaykh Adib Kallas, there is no harm in a woman cutting her hair, as long as:

a) it remains feminine (and thus does not resemble men);

b) it is not cut with the express intent of imitating non-Muslim fashions; and

c) it is not cut excessively.

The texts in the Hanafi school indicating impermissibility of women cutting their hair are understood, by these scholars, to be conditioned by the above considerations.

In the Shafii school, it is permitted to even cut the hair very short if the husband prefers it that way.’


SunniPath Fiqh Team


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