Haram haircuts in Islam

Hairstyle, as casual as we see it is a part of Islam and that is why certain hairstyles are HARAM in Islam. Here I’m going to discuss all Haram haircuts in Islam, Qaza Haircut, Halal haircuts, Islamic Hair styles, and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) hairstyle.

What the Qu’ran talks about Haram haircuts

In a generally sense, Islamic men are not permitted to resemble women and vice versa. Hairdressing is permissible as long as it doesn’t involve something that is haram in the Islamic rule of Shareeha. The prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “Allah curses men who imitate women and women who imitate men.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Hadith 5546).


Prophet Muhammad said: “Who imitates a community will become one of them.” (Sunan Abu Dawood, vol 2, p 552). So Muslims are not allowed to imitate disbelievers and follow a unique habit of Kuffaar’s. When we talk about the haircutting of boys and men, we should keep in mind the hadith mentioned above.

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List of Haram haircuts in Islam:

  1. Imitating Women’s Style
  2. Imitating non-Muslims or immoral people.
  3. Qaza Haricut – Al-Qaza | Qaz’a
  4. Partial Shaving or Cutting

1. Imitating Women’s Style

women haircut

Any hairstyle which makes you look like a woman is haraam and forbidden in Islam.

The prophet (Peace be Upon Him) said: “Allah curses men who imitate women and women who imitate men.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Hadith 5546).

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2. Imitating the non-Muslims or Immoral People

Non-muslim haircut

Prophet Muhammad said: “Who imitates to a community will become one of them.” (Sunan Abu-Davood, vol 2, p 552).

There are different trends and identities in every society and industry like Bollywood style, Hollywood style, Christian style, Football game-related trends, etc. Adopting any style which has a unique identity to any non-Muslim community is not allowed in Islam.

Allah’s Apostle said, “The Jews and the Christians do not dye (their grey hair), so you shall do the opposite of what they do (i.e. dye your grey hair and beards).” [Bukhari 4:668].

3. Qaza Haircut – Al-Qaza | Qaz’a

Qaza haircut

Qaza is an Islamic term for haircutting. It means shaving one side of your head and leaving the other untouched.

Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) prohibited Qaza. One of the narrators says I asked what is Qaza? He (Prophet) replied, “To shave part of the hair of the head of a child and leave a part.” [Muslim, Hadīth no. 5681].

4. Partial Shaving or Cutting

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Adopting any hairstyle by shaving some part of the head and leaving the other long is not allowed. It is a disliked act in Islam. In fact, it is a full detailed answer from Qaza. This means, cutting your hair equally from all sides.

The Prophet (PBUH) saw a boy with part of his head shaved and a part left unshaven. He forbade them to do that, saying: “Shave it all or leave it all.” So every kind of partial cutting is forbidden in Islam.

  • Shaving the middle part and leaving the sides as long
  • Shaving Sides and leaving the middle as long
  • Shaving back and leaving the top as long

Halal Haircuts in Islam:

You can have any size of hair but equally cut from all sides. Do not go down to the shoulders.

Sunnah Haircut | Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Hairstyle

Here I’m discussing Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Hair Style. So we can say it is an Islamic hairstyle or Islamic haircuts.

  1. Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) hair was neither curly nor straight.
  2. Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) hair came down to His earlobes.
  3. Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) hair sometimes came down to His shoulders.
  4. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to dye His hair sometimes.
  5. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to part His hair.
  6. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) did his Farewell Pilgrimage when His hair was stuck together.
  7. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) sometimes used to braid His hair, especially when traveling to keep it from getting dusty.

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What is Al-Qaza Haistyle?

It means shaving the side of your head while leaving the middle (top) of your head.

  • Shaving the parts of your hair and leaving the middle untouched
  • Shaving the back and leaving the front
  • This trend is very common in the media industry: It is also endorsed by Hollywood actors, Music industry, Music industry, Sport.

Questions Regarding Haircut/Hair Styles in Islam:

Is straightening hair with Gel allowed in Islam?

Yes, straightening hair with Gel is allowed in Islam. “It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: I saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) raising his voice in the Talbiyah, with his hair stuck together.” Narrated by [Al-Bukhaari, 5570; Muslim, 1184].

How long can a man have long hair in Islam?

A man can have as long hair as his earlobes or down to his shoulder.

Is it Sunnah to keep long hair?

Yes, keeping long hair down to your earlobes or to your shoulders is Sunnah.

Can a Muslim dye hair?

Yes, dying your hair and beard is allowed in Islam.

Can a female make a haircut of a male?

Not at all, But a Mahram in case, if no other option is available.

What did Prophet Muhammad say about hair?

Jubair ibn al-Mut’am narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said:

I pour three handfuls of water over my head, and he pointed to his hands.(Al-Bukhari, 1987)

As narrated by Abu Hurairah, the Prophet (PBUH) said:

Those who have hair should honor it.(Al-Albani, 1985)

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