Keep sunnah-length hair and gain reward

Keep sunnah-length hair and gain reward

Written by: The Amir of Ahl al-Sunnah, Mawlana Muhammad Ilyas Attar al-Qadiri دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ

The sunnah concerning hair is to let it grow until it reaches halfway down the ear, to the ear-lobe or up to the shoulder. The beautiful hair of the Messenger of Allah صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would sometimes reach halfway down his ear, sometimes to his earlobe, and other times they would caress his blessed shoulders.[1]

Due to the Islamic environment of Dawat-e-Islami, many Islamic brothers have grown their hair according to the sunnah, alongside adopting other various sunnahs. However, I have noticed a decline in this for some time, whereas the youth have increasingly embraced all sorts of strange hairstyles. Some people even extend their hair below the shoulders like women. Imam Amad Razā Khan رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه has written that this is forbidden.[2] Some even tie this very long hair into a ponytail or attach a clip to it and wander in public. This is also resemblance of women and therefore a sin. Muftī Amjad Alī al-Aamī رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَلَيْه writes, “It is not permitted for a man to grow his hair to the length which women keep. Some pseudo-Sufis grow their hair to the extent it resembles snakes crawling across their chests. Some of them plait ponytails or tie buns. This is all impermissible and contrary to Islamic law.”[3]

May Allah grant all Muslims the ability to keep their hair according to the sunnah. If a father keeps his hair in this way, his son(s) may develop a mindset too; the young emulate their elders. If the grownups in the family adopt fashionable hairstyles, the children will follow.  How then will children develop a mindset of following the sunnah? Today is the day to take on the sunnah of the Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم.

اِنْ شَــآءَالـلّٰـه – If one takes this endeavour seriously, they too will grow their hair according to the sunnah.

(Note: This text was taken from Malfūẓāt Amir-i-Ahl-i-Sunnat, volume 8, page 167. This was also reviewed and amended by the Amir of Ahl al-Sunnah himself.)

[1] 550 Sunnatayn aur Adab, p. 40; Al-Shamāil al-Muhammadiyyah li al-Tirmidhī, pp. 18,34,35

[2] Fatāwā al-Razawiyyah, vol. 21, p. 600

[3] Bahār-i-Sharīʿat, vol. 3, p. 587




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