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Ruling for men combing hair every day

Last updated: 7th July 2006
Question ID: #2080
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7th July 2006

Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

In a hadeeth it says that the prophet S stopped people from combing their hair every day. This hadeeth refers to men as we know.

What I would like to know that does it mean that it is Haraam to comb the hair everyday or is it just makrooh or is the hukum something else? What if a man DOES comb his hair everyday, will he get gunah?

What made us think that it is right to comb the hair everyday is that this hadeeth may come under the category oof cleanliness so if a Muslim wants to be clean and put a good impression of Muslim men to the public then he may comb his hair everyday, we are not looking at the fashion of today. Also, at the end of the day, everything, every act is according to a person's intentions so that he may be rewardeed according to it. So if the intention is for cleanliness, then is it a sin to comb the hair everyday?

In other words, what is the exact meaning of this hadeeth?

Please could you have this message replied to by the end of nexyt week if you can.



Ulamaa ID 05
Answer last updated on:
10th June 2007
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Ulamaa ID 05
Location: Batley, England

In the name of Allah

The Ahaadith which you are referring to, have been given below with an explanation.
It has been narrated by Abdullah ibn Mughaffal
Rasulullah forbade combing the hair except every second day.
(Sunan Abu Dawud)

It has been narrated from Abdullah ibn Mughaffal in another narration

Rasulullah used to prevent from combing hair but sometimes he did not; if he felt the need for combing hair, he combed, otherwise he did not.

The Ahadith mean that Rasulullah used to prevent the frequent combing of hair. The Ulaama of Hadith have stated that the combing of hair everyday if there is no need of doing so, has been forbidden. However, if one combs out of necessity is allowed and is not a sin, but to be always spending ones time combing hair is futile and not good.
As narrated by Abu Hurayrah :
Rasulullah (peace_be_upon_him) said: He who has hair should honour it.
The purpose of the hadith is to make us realise the value of time and to refrain from extravagance in our daily affairs. To exercise such simplicity, which is embroidered with dignity is what the Ahaadith are speaking about.

In conclusion it is not a sin to comb the hair every day if there is a need to do so. One will be rewarded for the intention of cleanliness as long as one does not go to extreme measure in donning the hair.

Sunan Abu Dawud

Abubakr Karolia
July 11 2006