Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hair cut!

http://www.shariahprogram.ca/islam-qa-women/women-cutting-hair.shtml
and
http://books.themajlis.net/node/136

I don't know if they are joking in these articles or not. I think probably not, which is so pathetic it makes me laugh uncomfortably. Basically, these men believe a woman is not allowed to cut her hair.

Quote from the second one: "Whether the intention is to beautify themselves for the sake of their husbands or for some other ulterior and immoral motive is a different matter. While the former intention will not justify the haraam act of hair-cutting, the latter motive will aggravate the prohibition."

The reason for this "prohibition" on cutting a woman's hair is that cutting hair is immitation of the kuffar and also because of the fact that beauty is not allowed (from the second article). The first article also adds the reason that cutting hair equals immation of men. The first article is pretty mild compared to the second one, saying:

"It should be noted that, if the hair is cut, then it should be well below the shoulders, and this permissibility is only to cut it slightly. If the woman is married, then this should be done with the consent of her husband."

Basically only a trim is permissible but even then better to avoid and the husband has to approve of the trim. That's the liberal of opinions. After reading the second article fully, I seriously find them VERY liberal. The second article ends with:

"The views and opinions of those who conflict with the Accepted Opinion of the Shariah is utterly baseless. The consequence of such baatil is the Wrath and Punishment of Allah Ta'ala."

Even if I don't accept this opinion, my voice probably doesn't count, I'd bet.

16 Comentários:

Candice said...

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&cid=1119503546586
This is an article about hair cutting that actually makes sense. If it's a trim that doesn't show the woman can just do it. If it's a real cut, she should consult her husband for permission out of respect. Considering he is the most important person to see her hair, and that respect is important in a marriage, it makes lots of sense that such decisions should be made together.

Rene´s Bare Essentials said...

I have found islamqa to be a bit biased when it comes to fatwas. I personally dont feel fatwas should be made o¡ver the internet since each situation is different.

Also I feel that men should consult their wives when they cut their hair since a drastic haircut could change their apperance as well. A lot of fatwas made today are made by cultural muslims. Its rare to find a scholar who isnt culture and actually focuses on quran and hadith!

Nurul said...

yeah, women should ask the hubby 1st before haircut. hubby might not like it. Allah will be please with us if hubby is pleased with us. Something like that. Not complicated tho. Some people might think it's stupid. but i personally can see why we should ask hubby 1st. make him happy. Allah will grant the wife Jannah. InshaAllah.

LK said...

I've heard of consulting your husband and vise versa before a haircut but never that a woman is not ALLOWED to cut her hair! I know it is recommended to keep long hair so as not to have hair like a man. Same for men, they are not allowed to have long hair it must be short.

And this is one of those things that drive me nuts about shariah...not cutting your hair ever doesn't make sense!

Candice said...

Rene's: I don't like islamqa either but I don't think these come from there... There's a lot of weird crap out and it doesn't stop at islamqa I guess.

Nurul: Makes sense!

LK: Never heard of that either! And they get all this from not immitating kufar and men. This equals no haircut! The things they can imagine!

Banana Anne said...

Ok, I can understand a woman consulting her husband before getting a haircut because he is one of the few people that will be seeing it. But I have never in my life heard that women are not allowed to cut their hair. I would also hope that my husband talked with me first before getting any major physical changes (he wouldn't even have to seek my approval, but more out of respect and consideration for my feelings). Treat others the way you want to be treated, ya know?

Susanne said...

I can understand a woman getting her husband's opinion before getting a major hair cut, but not getting one at all seems mighty strict. :-/

cairo, lusaka, amsterdam said...

I don't even know what to say. Sigh.

Rene´s Bare Essentials said...

Sadly, a lot of the "scholars" we have today are very cultural and base their fatwas on culture or on their own biased, sexist views. Some will even quote weak hadiths or when writing a fatwa or book give no evidence except their own opinion I remember when i first converted reading a book by a well known author and he stated in paradise women will wear hijab because they wear it hear on earth! Makes no sense. In paradise we are a different creation!

Stephanie said...

That's idiotic! I've heard it before and there's absolutely no evidence to that. There is evidence in the hadith that a woman isn't to shave her head. And as far as "asking" my husband to cut my hair, I won't do that either. Sorry, but men know absolutely nothing about hair and beauty, etc. If I have long hair and then cut my hair in a cute little bob with some highlights, I guarantee you he's gonna think it's sexy because it's different and sophisticated. It's called the element of surprise and change. Whereas if I ask him about it beforehand he's going to probably say he wouldn't like it, but then finds out that he does. And I don't think having a cute haircut is just for our husbabds. It is also for ourselves.

Candice said...

Stephanie: I agree with you generally. I think a lot of men like long hair though more than short and might not be pleased no matter how cute the woman finds it on herself. But I think it's not all about what HE likes. Afterall, it's the woman's hair. So a man should not mind that his wife is getting a different haircut if it makes her feel good. My husband doesn't love short hair, but mine has been short for about a year and I feel good this way for now. And he finds it cute, even if there's something about long hair that he likes more. Anyway, me and my husband agree that this thing is my business but for him I am growing it out again.

Rene's: It sucks how careful we have to be not to get sucked into cultural stuff - even from scholars who should be based on nothing but Islam!

Stephanie said...

Does conjugal bliss really rest on a woman's hair? I hope not. To say that a woman has to ask her husband's consent evan to get her hair cut is just another way to control a woman. Think about all the things these "scholars" say we should ask consent for. I could never let another human being control me in such a way. It's dehumanizing.

Candice said...

Stephanie: All the little things count in a marriage! That's the way I see it anyway. I don't think I said that a woman *has* to ask for consent, because I am not of the "obey your husband" opinion, but I am of the "mutually respect each other and each other's wants and needs".

Stephanie said...

Sister-- I wasn't referring especially to you. It's just when I read that site and some of the things pertaining to women I found it more than a little ridiculous. My comment was more about me blowing off steam in regards to what I see as an increasingly patriarchal and sexist interpretation of my religion.

Candice said...

At first I thought it wasn't really meant towards me particularly, but then I saw that I was the only one to have said anything since your last comment! I understand your frustration anyway...

Stephanie said...

LOL, my last comment wasn't really even in reply to yours. Just more of an extension of my thought process on the subject of "consent" for something as menial as a stupid haircut. Sometimes I let these things stew in my brain too much.

Exploring Life and Islam © 2008. Template by Dicas Blogger.

TOPO