One of what is so dear to every woman is her hair. How well kept it is really concerns her. From the different ways in which a woman beautifies her hair is the attachment of materials to it.Thus, Inshaa Allaah, we shall examine the metter of the permissibility or otherwise of attachments in the light of the statements of the Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and those of our Pious Predecessors.
Attaching Hairs to the Hair
Asmaa bint Abubakr (RA) reported that, "A Woman came to the Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) and said, O Messenger of Allaah! I have a daughter who is recently married but she was affected by an illness and her hair fell off. Should I attach hairs to it? So, the Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "The woe of Allaah be upon the one who attach hairs to hair and the one who seeks that hairs are attached to hers." (Bukhaari, Muslim). Based on this haadeeth and others with its meaning, al-Imaam Majid ad-Deen Ibn Taimiyyah (RAH) said, "Attaching hairs to the hair is forbidden since the woe is not to be on what is not prohibited." Al-Imaam an-Nowawee (RAH) said, That is what is apparent from the hadeeth and the most authentic." (Nayl al-Awtaar) And any other thing
The eminent student of the Companions Saeed bn al-Musayyab (RAH) narrated that, "Holding a lump of hair, Muaawiyah bn Abee Sufyaan (RA) said, I heard the Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) forbid such a thing. So, a man came up with a stick to which some pieces of material were tied and said, I found this with my wife and Muaawiyah (RA)said, Verily, this is the (Zoor) falsehood. (Muslim). Commenting on this hadeeth al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar al-Asqalaanee (RAH)said, "This is the proof of the majority of the Scholars for the prohibition of attaching anything to the hair whether it is hair or not. And this is strengthened by the hadeeth of Jaabir (RA) - The Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) warned against the woman attaching anything to her hair (Muslim and Ibn Hibban).(Fath al-Booree 10/375).
However, what about the attachment of colorful silky threads or wool and things like that do not appear like the hair? Should these be prohibited since these attachment are not like the hair and they are only for beautification purposes?
Concerning this al-Imaam ash-Shawkaanee (RAH) said: This is refuted by the fact that the hadeeth of Jaabir mentioned is general including (attachment of) hairs, cotton and other things... The attachment of anything to the hair is prohibited whether it is with hair or cotton or some pieces of material. This is the position of al-Imaam Maalik, at-Tabaree and so many or majority (of the Scholars}." (Nayl al-Awtaar). This position is clear and most correct from the narrations prohibiting the attachment of anything to the hair. And The Qaraamil? This refers to thread from silk or cotton used by the women to plait or braid the hair. Concerning this, Saeed bn Jubayr (RAH) said, There is no blame in this." (Abu Dawood). Based on this it has been said that it is permissible to plait or braid the hair with the thread as described. However, the position is also weak due to the weakness of the report. (See Gaayatul Maraam #103).
Secondly, it is a statement from a Taabi'ee (a student of the Companions) which should not be brought to contradict the statement of the Messenger (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) who had prohibited the women from attaching anything to-their hair as is in the hadeeth of Jaabir above. It is obvious that plaiting with the thread is a form of attaching and the thread itself is something both of which are forbidden. Therefore, the hairmake or the hairdo of a Muslimah should be without any attachments of hair or thread or any other thing. Allaah Knows Best.
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