Growing up in India, we were told, “Muslim women should not cut their hair!” – in particular, styles that let hair fall on the forehead, were seen as an aberrant transgression of Islamic manners (!).
We may have blindly complied with this for years; only to find out that I was simply keeping myself from looking my best for no good reason!!
This misconception still prevails in many households, and so here is a clarification in light of the verdicts of the scholars.
It is perfectly fine and permissible to style your hair with bangs/fringes as long as;
a) The style is not an imitation of the disbelievers – e.g., if you appear with that hairstyle in a gathering, people should not assume that you are a disbeliever. If that hairstyle is just a trend, then it’s permissible.
b) You will not appear adorned with it in front of non-mahram.
Read the explanation below…!
Question: What is the ruling on the haircut favored by some women, whereby they cut the hair across their foreheads (‘bangs’ or ‘fringe’) and allow some strands of hair to hang down?
REPLY: If the purpose of this haircut is to resemble disbelieving and atheist women, then it is Haram (prohibited), because imitation of non-Muslims is Haram, as the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said,
“Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”
However, if the purpose is NOT imitation and it is only a modern trend among women, considered as grooming, then a woman can adorn herself in this way for her husband and appear like this in front of her friends so that she may look and feel good among them. We do not see anything wrong with this.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.
The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’ - Chairman: Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz, Deputy Chairman: `Abdul-Razzaq `Afify, Members: Abdullah ibn Qa`ud, Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan
Reference: Fatwas of the Permanent Committee>Group 1>Volume 5: Fiqh>Taharah>Fiqh>Taharah>Chapter on acts of Sunan-ul-Fitrah>Women shaving and cutting their hair short (fatwa no. 1221)
س: حكم القصة التي يستعملها بعض النساء وهي قص الشعر من فوق الجبهة، وجعل خصلات منه تتدلى عليها؟
جـ: الحمد لله وحده، والصلاة والسلام على رسوله وآله وصحبه.. وبعد:
إذا كان الغرض من القصة التشبه بنساء الكافرين والملحدين فهي حرام؛ لأن التشبه بغير المسلمين حرام؛ لقوله صلى الله عليه وسلم: من تشبه بقوم فهو منهم ، وأما إذا لم يكن القصد منها التشبه، وإنما هي عادة من العادات المستحدثة بين النساء، فإذا كان فيها ما يعتبر زينة يمكن أن تتزين بها لزوجها وتظهر بها أمام أترابها في مظهر يرفع من قدرها عندهن – فلا يظهر لنا بأس بها.
وبالله التوفيق، وصلى الله على نبينا محمد وآله وصحبه وسلم.