Advice for brothers who like to grow their hair long

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Advice for brothers who like to grow their hair long▪️

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

📩 Question:

What’s your view on those who grow their hair long nowadays?

📝 Answer:

The prophet ﷺ would grow his hair until it reached his shoulders, and in another narration, until it reached his ear-lobes. So whoever grows their hair long following the example of the prophet ﷺ will hopefully be rewarded – provided he takes care of his hair and maintains it.

The prophet ﷺ said:
((من كان له شعر فليكرمه))
“Whoever has hair should look after it”.
[Reported by Abu Daawuud on the authority of Abu Hurayrah; and it is a fair (Hassan) hadeeth]

As for it growing long, leaving him scruffy, smelling bad and looking ugly, then this is not advisable; because:
((إن الله جميل يحب الجمال))
“Indeed Allah is Beautiful and he loves beauty”
[Reported by Muslim on the authority Abdullah of Ibn Mas’uud]

Therefore, it’s not appropriate that he makes himself look ugly by neglecting his hair. Some people may grow their hair long and go for days without showering, until dust gathers in their hair and foul smells emanate from them, causing annoyance to others; he has neither implemented the Sunnah, nor have people been able to escape his foul smell.

The Prophet ﷺ used to comb his hair. His hair was pleasant and beautiful.

Also, there’s a matter which needs pointing out, and that is if a person lives in a society where growing the hair is identified as being a trait of some of the innovators, then it’s appropriate that one distances himself from this attribute and saves himself from having accusations thrown at him; as this has become a common trend among many members of Al-Qa’ida; you might have accusations brought up against you, so it’s advisable to avoid it.

Translated by:
Abu Sulaymaan Ammaar ibn Sufyaan Ba Alawi

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