Ruling on step cuts and fades

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Ruling on step cuts and fades▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam – may Allaah preserve him – was asked the following question:

? Question:

Does trimming hair from the sides of the head enter into Qaza’?

? Answer:

If the trim is so obvious that whoever looks at it notices a clear difference, this enters into Qaza’, and Qaza’ is prohibited as proven by the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar in the two Saheehs that the prophet ﷺ forbade Qaza’; Qaza’, as described in the same hadeeth, is shaving some of the infant’s head and leaving some unshaved; this is Haraam; It is imitation of the disbelievers, regardless of whether one shaves the sides and leaves the middle, or shaves the middle and leaves the sides.

As for a light, unnoticeable trim, we can’t confidently say this is impermissible, but it’s feared to be an imitation of the enemies of Islaam. We can, however, confidently say that Qaza’ is a noticeably trim, where the difference between the trimmed and the untrimmed sections is clearly noticeable.

The prohibition of Qaza’ is general (i.e. It’s not specific to infants). The description of Qaza’ mentioned in the hadeeth; shaving some of the infant’s head and leaving some unshaved, is a description given merely by one of the narrators. As for the Prophet ﷺ, he said:

احلقوه كله أو اتركوه كله

‘You either shave all of it off, or leave all of it (unshaved)’

This is therefore an impermissible practice, and how much the Muslims have fallen short! And Allaah’s aid is sought.

What’s more, it’s not even a pleasant sight, but the Fitar (pl. of Fitrah – natural disposition) have become spoilt. The Fitar of some people have become spoilt. They don’t have correct understanding of affairs. The souls of many are inclined towards sin and opposition; they commit whatever is prohibited. We ask Allaah for pardon (‘Aafiyah).

What also proves that this is imitating the enemies of Islam is that they mention their names; this is the hair style of so and so, and this of so and so. ‘Whoever imitates a people is one of them’; reported by Ahmad, Abu Dawood and others from the Hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar – may Allaah be pleased with him -.

As you’ve heard, this is not even a pleasant sight. You find some of then (trimming the sides and) leaving the middle (untrimmed) like the comb of a rooster. People are living in ignorance, may Allaah rectify them.

Why doesn’t he do as the Prophet ﷺ did? He ﷺ used to let his hair grow till it reached his earlobes and perhaps even touching his shoulders, and if he ﷺ shaved his head, he would shave the entire head, like in Hajj and ‘Umrah, and if he trimmed, he would trim it all level.


Translated by:

Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba-‘Alawi

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