Can Muslims Wear Dreadlocks?

What are dreadlocks?  Are they only for Rastafarians?  Is it true that you can only grow them by never washing your hair? 

Can Muslims wear their hair in locks?

This question is all over the internet.  The answer focuses on four established sharee’a issues:

  1.  Appearance
  2. Cleanliness
  3. Combing & Unbraiding Hair
  4. Imitating Other Religions

This post doesn’t claim to have the answers.  All we’ve done here is present our research into the Qur-aan, ahaadeeth, and statements of the scholars.  Your comments and contributions are welcome.


Appearance of Locks


Yahya related to me from Malik from Zayd ibn Aslam that Ata ibn Yasar told him that the Messenger of Allah (sAaws) was in the mosque when a man came in with dishevelled hair and beard. The Messenger of Allah   motioned with his hand that he should be sent out to groom his hair and beard. The man did so and then returned. The Messenger of Allah said, “Isn’t this better than that one of you should come with his head dishevelled, as if he were a shaytan?”  (Hadith Muwatta 51.7)


Dreadlocks can be divided into 3 categories. You have probably had very little, if any, interaction with two of these types of dreadlocks.

1.  The dreadlocks of the past that many remember from the 70’s are those started by neglecting the hair. These are often unsanitary and can range from messy to downright scary. …

Organic Locks

The other two types are natural dreadlocks and chemically assisted dreadlocks. Both of these are started purposefully, either at home or in a salon. The real difference between the two is in the products chosen to create them.

2.  Natural dreads are started without perming or processing the hair. The hair is usually combed backwards to start knots and then products can be used to create an environment that helps the knots tighten into attractive dreads.

3.  Chemically assisted dreads are permed using a perming solution before or after the initial knots are created.

Both of these types of dreads are maintained regularly and the end goal is to have groomed, mature, dreadlocks.

Groomed Locks


Al-Qãhırıï :  So locks can be, and often are clean and orderly.




Umm Islaam:  Although water can reach the scalp, dirt and debris for the most part will never come out of the lock.  Many people who have kempt locks attest to the fact that dirt and debris are the very things that hold the lock together.  Keeping dirt and debris in the hair is completely against the sunnah.


Cleanliness is essential to locks:

“Residues condition your hair and impede its ability to knot and tangle.”

“You’ve probably heard that dreads are dirty. The truth is, dreads lock faster when they are clean.”


Al-Qãhırıï:  It seems that residues prevent the hair from locking, rather than being essential to locking.  Typical African hair types, and very curly hair types will lock even when completely clean with the help of gel and/or wax.

I actually have locks now. I can assure that the hair and scalp are very clean because I shampoo regularly, followed by an immediate, thorough drying. In my case, it is the hair texture, assisted by manual twisting, in the absence of dirt and debris, that causes the locking of the hair.

Umm Islaam:  The hair will lock without debris?  Firsthand info lol…  But dirt and debris hold the hair moreso than if it is left without product.  When I used to braid people’s hair with extensions, dirt and lint collected at the base of the braid, whether hair was added or if it was a client’s own hair.  This caused the hair to be almost impossible to take out. In many cases it had to be cut out.  But this isn’t the case for hair that is braided on its own without continually adding product.


Necessity of Combing and Unbraiding Hair


Umm Islaam:  The fact that the hair can’t be taken out to be combed- which is a sunna- is one reason why they have been called impermissible.


Narrated Umm Salamah (rAa): I said: Messenger of Allah (sAaws), I am a woman who has closely plaited hair on my head; should I undo it for taking a bath, because of sexual intercourse? He (the Prophet) said: No, it is enough for you to throw three handfuls of water on your head and then pour water over yourself, and you shall be purified. (Saheeh Muslim)

Ibn Abbas (rAa) saw Abdullah ibn al-Harith (rAa) observing the prayer and (his hair) was plaited behind his head. He (Abdullah ibn Abbas) stood up and unfolded them. While going back (from the prayer) he met Ibn Abbas and said to him: why is it that you touched my head? He (Ibn Abbas) replied: (The man who observes prayer with plaited hair) is like one who prays with his hands tied behind. (Saheeh Muslim)

Narrated Abdullah ibn Mughaffal (rAa): The Apostle of Allah forbade combing the hair except every second day. (Sunan Abuu Dawuud)



I am looking for a fatwa on women having dreadlocks. Dreadlocks can be neat and clean. They can be wet daily for wudu and lathered with shampoo for ghusl, the parts are neat so that water can reach the scalp at all times. The only difference is that each lock cannot be combed out although they can be washed like unlocked strands of hair, so in essence each lock functions as a strait of hair. I am asking what the Islamic ruling on having them is, is it okay since I can wash them with water and shampoo after my menses or janaba, and what about at the time of my janaza (funeral) they can be washed then also, even though each lock is taken out and the locks can be braided into three braids.


In a situation of Wudu there is no need to unlock the dreads and blocks of hair. All that is required is that you wipe over the hairs of the dread locks. But in the case of Ghusul (process of purifying the entire body via a bath) from Janabah and Menses, the hairs need to be done and washed so that all of the hairs are completely wet and the water reached your skull. The same goes for Ghusl of Janaza (funeral). If these conditions can be met, then having dreadlocks is not Haram (a sin)”

– Dr. Yusuf Ziya Kavakci, Sunni Islamic lawyer- Turkiye, Libya and Saudi Arabia


Al-Qãhırıï:  Obviously, in regards to Ghusl, the hairs in a lock can become completely wet, as well as the scalp (I think the scholar intended “scalp” when he wrote “skull”).

IF locks are equal to braids, legally speaking, it would seem that a time-limit for how long once can wear braids would have to be established by the Qur-aan, Sunna, or ijtihaad of ulamaa.  But I haven’t seen that:

  1. locks are definitely equivalent to braids in the sharee’a, or that
  2. there is a limit for how long braids can be worn.

I look forward to finding more definitive information on these two points, in shaa-a-llaah.

Umm Islaam:  I don’t see locks as equal to braids.  Braids CAN be taken loose without much difficulty, but it requires some time.  Locks can NOT be taken out without much difficulty and more time, making it the case that most people who wear them do NOT take them out periodically.

Allaahu A’lam, but it seems like nail polish, which CAN be worn, (no prohibition from doing so) but it’s not likely that women will remove it 5 times a day in order to pray.  The same with make-up in some cases.

And as far as sunnah is concerned, I’ve heard that Prophet Muhammad pbuh did not wear braids for that long. He wore them after putting a paste into his hair to keep it together.  But it wasn’t meant as a hairstyle to my understanding, but instead because it was convenient for whatever he was doing at the time.  Also they weren’t little braids all over: they were few braids & ALLAHU ALIM.


Imitation of Non-Muslims


Umm Islam:  The shuyukh said locks were impermissible because of being presented with evidence from the students of knowledge who asked that it is the hairstyle of the Rastafarians. Although in reality the hairstyle existed far before Rastafarians appeared on the scene.


“Imitation of non-Muslims comes into effect in one of two ways:

  1.  One performs an action with the resolve to be like the non-Muslims, or
  2.  One performs an action that is directly linked to their religion or is uniquely from among their signs.

Therefore, to keep a hairstyle with the intention of being like the non-Muslims, or a hairstyle which is uniquely a distinguishing feature of them – such that an onlooker would consider you from among them – is impermissible.

However, to keep a hairstyle that is general and widespread, without it falling into “imitation”, is not interdicted.

Locks have existed long before the Rastafarians

The first known examples of dreadlocks date back to East Africa and some parts of North Africa. Maasai men found in the regions of northern Tanzania and southern Kenya have been wearing dreadlocks for as long as they have survived. There hasn’t been official date of the “start” of Maasai dreadlocks, but it is a tradition that has been going on for thousands of years.”

Maasai Man (Kenya)

“In ancient Egypt examples of Egyptians wearing locked hairstyles.  Mummified remains of ancient Egyptians with locks… have also been recovered from archaeological sites.”

Ancient Egyptians with Locks

Muslims were using locks before the Rastafarians

“Baye Fall is a sub Sufi order from the Qadiriyya Sufi School. The Baye Fall Sufi movement was born in Senegal in the later 1800’s. The founder of the Baye Fall movement was Cheikh Ibrahima Fall. Cheikh Ibrahima taught his students that Islamic religious obligations were not enough to reform and sublimate ones soul. Instead one also needed to do work with in his community. It is from this tradition the Baye Fall have come to be known for their various communal endeavors such as groundnut and peanut cultivation as well as garment manufacturing. Generally the proceeds from these works go back into helping the community at large for which they serve. Another characteristic they are known for is their long Dread Locks which is called ndiange or ‘strong hair’ in the Wolof language. According to them ndiange symbolizes modesty and a conscious reservation from the material world. …

It is important to note that while the Baye Fall have their roots in the later part of the 1800’s, the Rastafarian movement didn’t start to take shape until the 1930’s.

Locks are not specific to any religion or ethnicity.

Latina with Locks

European with Locks

Papuan (New Guinea) with Locks

There are many reasons among various cultures for wearing locks.  Locks can be an expression of deep religious or spiritual convictions, a manifestation of ethnic pride, a political statement, or be simply a fashion preference.

Dreadlocks aren’t always worn for religious or cultural reasons.  People may wear them just for “style” which is primarily popular among the youth.


Al-Qãhırıï:  In my obervation, locks are “general and widespread” these days. They are not seen as being particular to any religion, culture or ethnicity, as people of all walks of life have them..

Rastafari Insignia

Rastafarian (American Press)

Hindu Sadhu

As locks are not specific to a religious group or ethnicity, people don’t generally identify dreadlocks as   belonging to one religion or ethnicity when they see them. It is a hairstyle.

Only when those locks are combined with religious insignia, such as pictures of the Lion of Judah, or Ras Tafari/Haile Selassie- in the case of Rastafarianism- or orange robes, nakedness, and certain face-paint- in the case of of sadhu Hinduisim- would they be taken as identifiers of a certain religion. So, it is really the clothes

and accessories, not the hair, which identifies one as a follower of this or that.

Obviously, if someone dons locks intending to imitate, that’s a different story, but that’s often not the case, as the research showed.



Umm Islaam:  My thoughts are that because of the unique nature of black hair in its natural state that if locks are kept clean it would be nice to have that option as a hairstyle.  But…. my opinion is obviously less than the people who know.  So like you, until more info can be had from the senior scholars as to whether or not new info about locks makes the ruling on them different than what we already have I’ll have to take the evidence from the scholars and avoid telling people it’s allowed.

Al-Qãhırıï:  I have read fataawaa from different ‘ulamaa’ about this matter, but I personally saw that they dealt with:

1. Unsightly hair, but many locks are well-groomed, and their attractiveness may be a question of culture,

2. Unclean hair, which can easily be avoided,

3. Combing, but I have yet to see an aaya, hadeeth, or fatwaa that necessitates combing as a part of tihaara (wuduu/ghusl), or in general, and/or

4.  Unbraiding the hair, but locks have not been established as identical to braids in the sharee’a, and even then, I have not seen where unbraiding is a necessary element of tihaara (wuduu/ghusl) in the Qur-aan, ahaadeeth, or fataawaa.

So in my own personal investigation of daleel (evidence) and fataawaa (rulings), I don’t see how clean, kempt locks are impermissible. (I do see how unclean, unkempt locks are.) This is only what I’ve found. I don’t recommend taking my opinion as binding.

Umm Islaam:  I suppose it falls under the ruling about doubtful things.  And whoever guards against falling into doubtful things safegaurds their religion.  May ALLAH guides us all o clarity.

al-Qãhırıï:  Right, I may be (relatively or sufficiently) convinced about a given matter based on my own research of the Qur-aan, Sunna, and statements of ulamaa, but that only means I’m going to tell others to do the same thing: do their research, check their heart, and decide. I’m not going to tell them to be like me, though I gotta say:  me works…

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52 comments on “Can Muslims Wear Dreadlocks?

  1. Though you article was extremely thorough, I disagree with your downplaying of the influence of Bob Marley and the Rastafarian movement. Most of the people I know who wear dreadlocks know nothing about the other people associated with dreadlocks you cited. And I have personally seen Muslims who like to get high adopt this hairstyle so they can blend in with non-Muslims when they indulge. This is especially significant in an age when more and more areas of the United States are making marijuana use lawful. So I would be careful about making light of this connection! As Umar ibn al-Khattab, r a reported: The Prophet, sal allahu alahi was sallum, said: “All actions are governed by intention!”(Sahih Bukhsri Vol. 1:10Book of Iman( He also said “He who imitates a people is of them!”

  2. My advice to my Muslims brothers and sisters is to leave this practice as the messenger of Allah sallahualahi wa salaam is the best example for us to follow and his companions fear the day of standing before Allaah we have been given the best Of the ummahs so cling to it with your moler teeth

  3. This just seems like a “non-straight” hair shaming post. Islam and Christianity were never part of African beliefs prior to slavery and colonialism. So why avoid wearing your hair how you want just to fit into other human beings’ standards of beauty?
    Locs, like other hairstyles can be as clean as you want them to be. There’s a misconception that if you have locs you can’t wash your hair.

    I guess everyone went to hell before the comb was invented. Embrace the hair that your creator blessed you with.

    • I think you misread it. I had locks at the time I wrote this, and this is a study conversation in support of locks. There are two speakers with two points of view. To me, the pro-lock side clearly wins.

  4. It’s seem this is just another way for non- black ppl to Try to get blacks to disregard their African features . The thobe is considered a a women’s dress in western world and reason y Muslim men wear it because it apart of their culture but they won’t u reject your natural God given culture of your hairstyle. Then they try to find Hadith to justify their racism . Apply that not dressing like women Hadith to Arabic throbe and see if they stop wear them . Islam is the truth and the best but the a lot of ppl that practice Islam today r racism

    • The Thawb comes from Iran. It’s not Arabic dress, but it was designed with the awrah in mind. Traditional Arabic clothes are robes and in some places the only things that differentiate between a mans or womans robe is the colour. But also back in the time of the prophet (s), many people wore izars/futahs. What we men wear on hajj and umrah is called Ihram whereas women can wear just about anything they like. I don’t think western ideas of womens clothing have anything to do with the Islamic identity of a woman and a mans clothes.

  5. This is why things are so twisted in this world. We’re really talking about how you should have your hair? What does having locks have to do with being faithful to Allah and being a Muslim. It’s obsurd to think that one would turn me away from a place that should not pass judgment on me because of the way I wear my heart. The body is just a temple it’s what’s underneath that matters most

  6. Asalamuhalekum pls am an African lady with natural black hair,due to the difficulty and headache I face while combing my natural hair turned my natural hair into dread locks where by I always make sure it clean and water reaches into my skull anytime am doing wudzu, pls I will like to know if it Haraam to live my natural hair as dread locks,because am totally confused now I have to shave my hair

    • No, you do NOT have to shave your hair!

      Read the article carefully, and you will see that locks are fine and don’t stop you from making wudu. If you find a scholar who is familiar with locks- which is unlikely, I’m afraid- she or he will be able to explain to you the conditions of cleanliness (tihaara) and you can describe your locks to him or her.

      wa alaykum as salam

  7. Salaam and thank you for your information, I am interested in sista locks which are thin locks. My concern was with unbraiding for ghusl after menses. I will go more in depth for my own research.

    • wa alaykum as salam,

      let me know what you find, in sha Allah. i haven’t been able to find much more than i published here; there are mostly a bunch of knee-jerk reactions from people who don’t know anything about it.

      ramadan mubarak!

  8. i am a black muslim woman… i have decided that i do not want to continue the use of chemical strighten products. I was considering to grow a dread locks my reasons being is that i think its a way to grow my own natutal hair only to beaitify my self for my husband without the use of extentions or chemicals. The nature of black hair is very diffrent to All others, its not easy to mannage, they dont grow very long and honestly its a chore to comb them daily. Dreadlocks can be done neatly and wash every day. If it does not affect wudu, gusul, and they are covered by hijab in public are they allowed?

  9. I have no experience with Umm Islaam or dreadlocks, but I found your well researched article very interesting and informative. Thanks for taking the time to teach me something new.

    • Thanks. I always do my best. I’ve been reading your blog as well, and have already learned some things about addiction and recovery. I plan to respond to your marijuana article soon. I don’t use it, by the way, but I read about it a lot.

  10. As Salaamu Alaykum. Im am a fairly new revert almost three months now. My question is about dreads and hijab. My locs are almost two years old and the size of the ball on the back of my head is huge. Its also heavy. Is it a way to keep your locs under your hijab while not drawing unccesary attention by having a giant bun?? I want to comb them out but my husband (non Muslim) says I’m all over the place don’t know what I want because I want to take them out.

    • wa alaykum asSalaam.

      Welcome! I’m a revert, too, of 11 years, alHamduLillaah.

      First of all, it is not unusual to see ladies with large buns or hairclips under their hijabs, so this is obviously permissible. In fact, where I live now, in the Arabian Peninsula, people wear big buns under their hijab on purpose!

      (BTW, I don’t personally recommend the headscarf which just covers the hair and bun. because this doesn’t cover the neck or chest, and it seems like that is preferred.)

      As for how comfortable you are with the way this looks:
      1) You/others may get used to it, or
      2) You could wear your hair loose, but it may be longer than your head covering.

      In the case of #2, you could either:
      A) get a longer scarf, or
      B) get some open-front jackets, into which you tuck your hair. These can be quite light and can be worn in the summer. In fact, they may even make you cooler in the summer by keeping the sun off of you. New life, new look!

      Here are some examples:

      See more at Forever 21

      Here are some hijab styles to play with: Styles Gap – Latest Fashion Hijab Styles for Women 2014/2015

      For some general revert advice, take it slow. Let yourself change gradually. Read up on things and ask questions. Once you’ve done that and feel comfortable, then make a move. Stay away from people who try to pressure you to be a certain way. Don’t feel that you need to conform to a foreign culture to be Islamic. You can only succeed at being yourself.

      I’m always here for questions. Salaam.

    • Salaamu alaikum. It is haram to have a huge bun on the back of your head. Research the prophet saw said thatcamel hump women will go to jahanam. The camel hump was the bun for eexcessive long hair under hijab. I too have long hair and before I read the hadeth wore a huge bun. Now I just braid my hair like corn row or wrap it. Then apply hijab. Allahu alum. May all give you

      • 1) I agree that the hadith you referred to is sound.
        2) Locks can be styled in many ways other than those resembling a camel’s hump.
        3) Most buns, even large ones, do not resemble a camel’s hump. The defining feature of the camel’s hump is that it points upwards, whereas most hair buns point backwards, downwards, or sideways. Therefore, a large bun that is not gathered at the top of the head does not resemble a camel’s hump, and is permissible to the best of my knowledge, w-allahu a’lam. wa ‘alaykum asSalaam

  11. As Salam alaykum

    Are there any females along this thread of comments? I sense (all?) most are males. Is there any ruling to females keeping the dreads? I’m actually ready to stop the use of chemicals on my hair and being full African, my options are slim, especially since I can’t access good plaiters around me.

    Please advice.

    • The article was more-or-less a Q&A I had with a female Muslim years back. As for the commenters, I guess you’re right: they are mostly male- but I don’t know why. As far as I know- & Allaah knows best- the issues of cleanliness, and ritual purity for prayer discussed are general. The only difference in locks between men & women that I can see is that it is disliked for men’s hair to reach past their shoulders.

      So, in my opinion, you’re good to go with locks. It may not be difficult to find a beautician who can lock your hair, as they can be found even in the the Arabian Peninsula these days. Or you can research how to do it on your own. I’ll help if I can, just let me know.

      asSalaamu ‘alaykum,

      • Asalam aleikum. I’ve also had locks for the past six years and I can testify that locks can be kept clean. For me, I keep them cuz my hair is African and unless I perm it, I can’t comb it as it entangles. And doing wudhu 5 times a day makes it break when permed cuz of the wetness. Another reason is that my husband loves the locks.

  12. Hi there I am a white guy with dreads and I want to set you straight on a few points.

    Firstly “natural dreads” just means no products, and can be started either by just leaving your hair to knot by it’s self, or you can knot it by back combing and a few other methods. Regardless of how you start your dreads you can choose to wash or not. I, like most, do wash my hair. However, I do not use products. Many of us use a mix of water white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, salt and plant oils. This is a very thorough clean. Far more so than products that in general leave behind chemicals for extra shine. We do not wash our fair as often, as it needs to dry thoroughly. They hold water, and if kept damp mould will form.

  13. This is interesting, i started keeping dreadlocks since long time ago and use to trim them, right now i have dreadlocks and i can assure you that they are clean and a lot of people comment on them.
    I also lead Swallah with them with big Sheikhs behind me.
    I tie my locks but not with a knot but with a thread.
    I understand the hair must be equal and water must run, those are the main basics of keeping dreadlocks.
    Most people who comment by saying dreadlocks is kept by debris have got no enough knowledge about them.
    The dreadlocks we are keeping these days is all about style and for it to look presentable, you need to clean it.

  14. A salaam alaikum

    I also plan on keeping drealocks but I want to make sure mine will be clean such that it won’t affect my salat. So please let me which is the best way to keep it? I was planning on going to a salon but I think they use chemicals which might not be permitted in islam. Please let me know. Thanks

    • I just use shampoo without conditioner. You’ll have to use a lot to make sure you have a good amount of foam, then rinse it all out. They’ll be clean. Since my hair is very curly I don’t use wax or anything else that would prevent washing. I’ve never heard of salon chemicals being forbidden in Islam, besides those which fall under the general imperative to avoid harm and poison, so look that up.

  15. Assalaam Alaykum.
    This topic still raises a lot of debates, onother form was saying its tottally Haram to keep dreadlocks.
    I checked before with an Ulamah who asked me is i am able to let water penetrates to the sculp and i said yes, he just said thats what matters and the hair must be equal.
    i Have been keeping dreadlocks for almost 9 years and i trim them.
    We need a good answer regarding this issue.
    I was keeping dreadlocks while at Al-Azhaar University and i never had any problems with it.

  16. Bismillah
    As-salaamu alaikum,
    I had dreads in the past and I want to get them again soon, inshaAllah. I have just one concern. Debating whether to use wax or not..IF i do use it in the begining will it affect the validity of my Ghusl? Will the wax block water from entering the hair?

    • wa ‘alaykum asSalaam,

      I don’t know about wax, because I’ve never used it.

      It would be best to describe the situation to a scholar, or look up a pre-existing fatwa. Let me know what you find out and I’ll post it here!

      asSalaamu ‘alaykum,

  17. As Salaam Alaikum. I have a question. During congregational prayer can your dreadlocks be tied back or do they need to be down? I was told that shaytan can pull your dreadlocks if they are tied back while offering salat. Is this true?

    • wa ‘alaykum asSalaam

      This is all I know about your question:

      Sa’id ibn Abu Sa’id al-Maqburi reported on the authority of his father that he saw Abu Rafi’, the freed slave of the Prophet, passing by Hasan ibn Ali (Allah be pleased with them) when he was standing offering his prayer. He had tied the back knot of his hair. Abu Rafi’ untied it. Hasan turned to him with anger, Abu Rafi’ said to him: Concentrate on your prayer and do not be angry: I heard the Apostle of Allah say: This is the seat of the devil, referring to the back knot of the hair. (

      Allahu a’lam…

  18. Nice narrative within this post. I have locks 4 years and I am Muslim and have never been told I am wrong. My hair is clean and kept and when i feel like there is too much debris i strip my hair of all elements and dirt. There are a few ways to do so google is helpful in this manner…salaams

    • wa ‘alaykum asSalaam

      The one who knows is not like the one who knows not. That’s what this is all about. If people read more and spoke less, we’d all be better off, wouldn’t we. Thanks for checkin’ in. I’ll check you out soon.


    • Soo does it means keeping ur natural lock clean and making sure water touches your scalp isn’t Haraam?,pls am trying to know bcoss I have my hair lock also

  19. You’re thinking way too much about this, man! Dreads are just hair! It’s not ALWAYS a religious or cultural symbol. As this world is joining together and knowledge is spreading like wildfire, what once was specific towards one group of people is now being shared- and that’s a BEAUTIFUL thing! Hair becomes dreaded when you don’t do anything to it- and that’s something EVERYONE has in common- no matter what hair type or ethnicity you are!

    • You’re right. It is possible to think too much. It is also possible to think too little.

      Islam rests on the foundations of knowledge. As such, it is possible for a subject to be taken to lightly, AND also too seriously. The point is to apply sound methodology to applicable evidences. But you have to DECIDE to be certain. Some people dither on forever, and this is wrong. Some people armchair philosophize, and this is also wrong.

      Coming back down from the clouds, issues that affect cleanliness are important, because cleanliness is essential to prayer, and we love to do this: it is the second pillar of our life. Beyond that, being proud of what we are, we don’t want to inadvertently imitate someone else. Keep it real, you know?

      Nice locks. Mine are comin’ along…

    • You’re right. It is possible to think too much. But it’s also possible to think too little.

      Islam rests on the foundations of knowledge. The one who knows not is not like the one who knows. Whatever degree of certainty is possible is required, but we stop when we reach that point.

      Imagine that your yoga was both a practice and a performance. You do it every day, five times a day. It is accompanied by chants, recited perfectly in their original Sanskrit, from the Vedas, Upanishads and Gitas.

      To do this would require a place, mind, and body that was clean, a ritual purity.

      This is the example of our daily Salaa (prayer), and this is why we are careful to investigate locks and every other matter.

      Besides that, we live to love and we love our life. We’re proud of all we’ve withstood to be who we are: too proud to be found imitating anyone else.

      Keep it real, y’heard?

      P.S. Nice locks. Mine are comin’ along… I’m a coffee addict, too! But not that Folgers…

  20. “Gheebah is to talk about your brother/sister in such a manner that he/she would dislike it if told about it. It is called backbiting because a person generally berates another person in that person’s absence. Whether you talk about a physical defect, lineage, manners, conduct, faith or even his clothes, house or mode of transportation – all those constitute Gheebah. A backbiter is called Mughtaab.”

    If you do not object to the above, I invite you to re-word your first sentence. “Fiqh” does not mean “jurisprudence” and “Faqeeh” does not mean “Judge/Jurist”. A person who sincerely seeks knowledge and righteousness, and presents what they have learned thus far without dogma for the sake of learning certainly has more understanding (fiqh) than a person who insults their fellow Muslim and looks down on them, regardless of who can quote more facts or names of shuyuukh.

    I am surrounded by people with formal learning and they are not always the best Muslims. Too often, the students and scholars fall victim to the confines of academia that form a barrier between them and the people their knowledge is supposed to apply to.

    If you think I am overreacting or being harsh, then I say since you ventured the fact that you have formally studied science (‘ilm), then I must hold you to a higher standard, in keeping with the lesson of Suuratu-‘Abasa (Qur-aan 80).

    That said, you are right, too often people mistake their unfamiliarity with a thing, or an incomplete, biased, or over-simplified understanding of it for it being haraam/makruuh, etc. Rather, the duty of all people is to gather the Islamic and historical/scientific/factual understanding of an issue, by the best means they can. Until a person has done that, they should avoid pressing their views on others, for even the best ‘ulamaa (scholars) were known to reply to questions with “Allaah knows best (Allaahu A’lam)”.

    asSalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatu-llaahi wa Barakaatuh

  21. Umm Islaam seems very ignorant with a surface understanding of the fiqh. I have studied introductory fiqh with my sheikh and he has said that the issues people have with locks have nothing to do with Islam but they are actually masking their personal taste with religion. If the water can touch the scalp and there is no najas (impurity) I’m the hair then its fine. Plain and simple. Anything else is personal bias. And another thing. Most of the people bickering on these message forums have no formal learning in fiqh.

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