As part of our being, Allah has given us hair all over the body, millions of them. One of its uses is to protect us from the cold. The clearest example of this is that human beings living in very cold regions of the world are more hairy than us living in warmer regions. Now you know why 'oyibos' are so hairy. Whether your hair is long or short; scanty or full; soft or coarse; curly or straight; or moderate, no doubt it is an honor from Allah. The Prophet (PBUH) said:
"Whosoever has got hair, let him honor it". (Abu Daud).
Honoring it means keeping it neat always such as oiling, cleansing and combing it regularly. He also (PBUH) rebuked a person who entered the mosque with rough (unkept) hairs. He said:
"Is this (i.e. well kept hair) not better than that one of you comes while he is rough in hairs as if he is a devil?". (Malik)
A lady was once afflicted with measles which caused loss of hair and her husband no longer liked her. Her mother went to the Prophet (PBUH) and asked if her daughter could use false hair, he re plied:
''Allah has cursed (he lady who artificially lengthens (her or someone else's) hair and the one who gets her hair lengthened. (Bukhari)
From the above hadith it is not allowed in Islam to change the nature of hair or attach weave on and other attachment whether natural or artificial. Same for the males, old and young. Don't think Islam is all about don'ts: don't do this, don't do that. No, there are so many things you can do. You can plait (i.e. weave). 'thread' or mat your hair. There are several styles available. The Prophet (PBUH) also forbade women from shaving all their hair off. (Here goes another don't). There is a trend now common amongst Western women singers and models. Don't emulate them. Our role models are the wives of the Prophet (PBUH) to mention a few.
The Prophet (PBUH) recommended that men should "shave it all or leave It all.". (Abu Daud Muslim)
That is, keep your hair at the same level. one part should not to be higher than the other The Muslim should clip his moustache, cut the nails, pluck hair under the armpits, shave the pubic hair at least every fortnights. (Bukhari)
The grey hair is natural. It is generally common among the elderly, but youngsters also have it.Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
"Do not pluck the grey hairs as they are a Muslim’s light., Never a Muslim grows grey in Islam except that Allah writes for him, due to that, a good deed And he raises him a degree. And he erases for him, due to that, one of his sins. " (Abu Dawud, at- Tirmidhi, an-Nasa'i)
The eyebrow comes in various shapes and sizes, (men too) have found it fashionable to shape it. This is not allowed in Islam. Leave it the way it is and all will still be well. Remember that the hijab should not be for covering untidy, unkempt hair.
"Cleanliness is half of piety" says the Prophet (PBUH). (Muslim)
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited