Women cutting the hair and parting the hair on the side – Shaykh Ibn Baz & Permanent Council

Women cutting the hair: the prohibition and the exemption


What is the ruling regarding women cutting their hair? Some women beautify themselves in this way even if they are single. Where is the limit? What is the ruling on side parting?

Shaykh Ibn Bâz:

It is not allowed for the women to cut the hair. Their hair is their beauty. When they cut it, they subject the hair to disfigurement and an uneven hair.

If the hair were to be really long, it is then allowed to cut the ends. It has been confirmed that the prophet’s (sallâ Allâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wives did it after his death. If the hair gets really long, she then may do so since she experiences difficulties with the washing and combing.

As for side parting, it is not allowed. It is an imitation of women that are Mumîlât Mâmilât.

Scholar: Imâm ´Abdul-´Azîz bin ´Abdillâh bin Bâz
Source: binbaz.org.sa/mat/4290


The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’

Question 3:

What is the ruling on a woman parting her hair on the side, making only one braid, or wearing it in a bun, with the intention of making herself beautiful for her husband or to look good because it suits her?


With regard to parting the hair on the side, this involves imitating the Kafir (disbelieving) women, and it is proven that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said it is Haram (prohibited) to imitate the Kafirs.

With regard to gathering the hair and letting it hang down on the back, either braided or not, there is nothing wrong with that so long as it is covered.

However, making it into a bun (on top of the head) is not permitted, because that is an imitation of Kafir women and it is Haram to imitate them. The Prophet (peace be upon him) warned against that when he said: “There are two types amongst the denizens of the Fire whom I have not seen yet: Men having whips like the tails of cows with which they flog people, and women who would be naked in spite of their being dressed, who seduce others (to wrong paths) and are being seduced; their heads will appear like the humps of the Bactrian camels inclined to one side. These (women) would not enter Jannah (Paradise) nor perceive its odor, even though its odor can be perceived at such and such (very remote) distance.” (Related by Ahmad and Muslim)

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