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What is the a woman cutting her hair?


Among the Hanbalis, it is disliked for a woman to cut her hair. But if the haircut is like that of men, it becomes forbidden. This is based on the Prophet's saying,

"Allah has cursed those women who imitate and be like men."1

Similarly, if she cuts her hair in such a way as to resemble the disbelievers, it is also forbidden. It is not allowed to imitate the disbelieving, Godless women. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,

"Whoever resembles or imitates a people is one of them." 2

If it is neither an imitation of men or of the disbelievers, then it is disliked among the Hanbali scholars.

Shaikh ibn Uthaimin

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Footnote

1. Recorded by Ahmad. In the version by al-Bukhari and others, it Prophet (peace be upon him) who cursed such women.-JZ

2. Recorded by Abu Dawud. Al-Albani has graded it sahih. Al-Al Sahih al-Jami, vol. 2, p. 1058.--JZ