Trimming or Shaving of the head

Trimming or Shaving of the head

Great care must be taken regarding this Mas’alah, for at times some hair remain shorter than the other.

  • After the Sa’ee, in order to release the Ihraam, it is Waajib to shave or trim the hair of the entire head to length of, the first joint of the fore finger. The hair should be trimmed more, the shorter hair will also be trimmed as much as the length of a fore finger. It is Waajib for a bald person or a person who has wounds on his head to simply pass the razor over the head.
  • The females will not shave their heads. According to Shariah it is unlawful and Haraam for them to do so. In order to release herself from the Ihraam, a woman is only permitted to have her hair trimmed. The best method is that her hair be divided into three parts, keeping one section on back. Thereafter hold each section separately and trim as much as the first joint of the fore finger (a little more than an inch) from each section. The women folk must have their hair trimmed in privacy, and not on the streets, or the hairdresser. A non-Mahram is not permitted to trim, touch or even look at their hair. A Mahram who is no longer a Muhrim could do the trimming for her. She cannot trim her own hair to release herself from the Ihraam.
  • The shaving or trimming of the hair is the last of the actions of Umrah. All the restrictions imposed because of the Ihraam, will now be lifted. The Umrah is now complete. (Allah knows best ).