Cutting a minor females hair

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by TheMufti.com

Q. Is it permissible to cut a 5 year old girls hair? As a parent of five small girls, all five and under, it becomes difficult for me to comb and tie all their hair every Morning. Please advise.

A. It is not permissible to cut the hair of a mature female (Baaligah). However, if a female is a minor (5 years old), then it would be permissible to cut such a female minors hair for purposes of convenience and ease.

If cutting a female minors hair is done in order to resemble certain fashion styles and designs, then it will not be permissible to do so. (Fataawa Bayyinaat 4/406)

N.B Parents should encourage their female minors to lengthen their hair and not cut it unnecessarily from a young age as a form of Tarbiyah (Islamic upbringing)

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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

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