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Ruling on the prevalent hair cutting styles

Fatwaa ID: 1506

What is the Islamic ruling on the prevalent hair cutting styles amongst youngsters nowadays such as skin fades and short back and sides. I have always understood it to be not allowed, however, some young modern scholars are saying skin fades and short back and sides are fine. Most youngsters are doing these styles to look cool and fit into their friend circles and many of these are Huffaz who want to lead Taraweeh in this state. The traditional god fearing Ulama are still of the opinion that any type of skin fades and short backs are not allowed and they should not stand on the Musallah. Many elderly Awam also do not like youngsters with such hairstyles to lead Salah. Please can you mention the correct Shari ruling on skin fades and short back and sides for males. Jazakallah.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

May Allaah Ta’aala guide the youngsters and the scholars in question to the right path. May Allaah Ta’aala protect us from the fitnah of deviant scholars.

In principle, the ideal hairstyle is that which is in accordance to the hairstyle of Rasulullaah ﷺ or the Sahaabah (R). Let it grow till the ears, neck or shoulder. One may also shave it completely or keep a decent hairstyle.

It is permissible for one’s hair to be of multiple lengths provided that:

  1. there is no shaving involved,
  2. one does not resemble or intend thereby imitating the disbelievers and/or the transgressors and degenerates
  3. and the haircut is not adversely unusual.

A skin fade or a fade wherein the skin of a portion of the head is visible will be deemed impermissible. A haircut which draws unnecessary attention due to its unusualness will be reprehensible.

As for the hadith of qaza’, it refers to shaving a portion of the head and leaving the rest. This is not applicable to multiple length haircuts. It is applicable to skin fades and many other tending haircuts.

A Muslim must always look dignified and presentable. A Muslim’s identity is the sunnah of Rasulullaah ﷺ. Honor and dominance is found in the sunnah alone. We are trendsetters. We are not here to fit in and look cool according to their narratives. We seek our validation from Allaah Ta’aala alone. Seeking validation elsewhere will lead to our downfall.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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