Från: Umm_Amatillaah (Ursprungligt meddelande) Skickat: 2007-04-28 10:18
Long Hair for Men and Short Hair for Women?
Answered by Ash-Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-'Uthaymeen
(May Allaah have mercy upon him)
Questioner: This letter has come from the listener Yahyaa Muhammad 'Atiyyah from the Iraqi Republic in the area of Al-Qayyaarah (saying), "Most of the people have began lengthening their hair such that the man has become indistinguishable from the woman, and the girl indistinguishable from the boy, and the woman has began cutting the hair of her head. And if it is said that the long hair is forbidden for men they say that the Messenger (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam - may Allaah send prayers of blessing and peace upon him) would not cut his hair, and it would be long enough for him to make a braid from it. So is this correct, and is lengthening the hair forbidden, and is cutting the hair forbidden for the woman? Please benefit us, and may Allaah give you success."
The Shaikh: This questions contains two issues. The first is in reference to the men letting their hair grow long. The second issue is in reference to the woman shortening the hair of her head. In reference to the first, it is better to lengthen the hair of the head. There is nothing wrong with it. For indeed the Prophet's (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam - may Allaah send prayers of blessing and peace upon him) hair sometimes used to come down close to his shoulders. So the basis of this (long hair for men) is that there is nothing wrong with it. However, along with this, the issue is subject to the habits and customs of the people. Thus, if it is the ordinary custom, and it has become an accepted habit that this thing is not used except by a specific group, the issue is determined by the cutoms of the people and their cultural habits. Therefore, it is not appropriate for the men who possess dignified manhood to use the lengthening of the hair (as a style for themselves) in places where it is considered with the people, and their cultures and customs as something that is only from the people of lowly, despicable status. Therefore, the issue in reference to the man letting his hair grow long is from the matter of the permissible things which are subject to the cultural habits and customs of the people. So if it goes along with the custom and it has become something that is held with respect and dignity with all of the people, then there is nothing wrong with it. However, if it is only a style that is used by undignified people, then it is not appropriate for those who are honorable and respectable to use it. This is not refuted by the fact that the Prophet (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam - may Allaah send prayers of blessing and peace upon him), who was the noblest of the people and the greatest of them in honor, used to take this as a hair style, because we believe in this issue that taking this hair style (long hair) is not from the matter of the Sunnah and a way of worshipping Allaah. Rather, it is only from the matter of following the custom and cultural habit. This is in reference to the first issue from the question.
In reference to the second issue, and it is regarding the woman shortening the hair of her head, then verily that is not permissible if it is done in a way to resemble the heads of the men, or in a way to resemble the heads of the disbelievers, or the prostitutes, or what is similar to that from those whom it is not permissible to imitate. In reference to what is contrary to that, indeed the scholars have three opinions regarding this issue. From among them there are those who consider cutting the woman's hair of her head to be absolutely forbidden in times other than Hajj or 'Umrah. Also, from among them there are those who consider it to be disliked, and this is the well known view from the Math-hab of Al-Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal. Also, from among them there are those who consider this to be permissible under the condition that it does not lead to imitating those whom we have alluded to previously.
Ash-Shaikh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-'Uthaymeen
Source: Fataawaa Noorun 'alad-Darbhttp://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/noor/article_4630.shtml
Translated by Aqeel Walker