Ruling on types of wigs.

Question:

I’m a content writer. We have a client that her business is related to wigs(made of a human hair), extensions and hair accessories.

Based on research, fake hair and extension are not allowed in Islam. What’s your take in writing an article regarding those topics? Is it permissible?

I’m so confused. Please shed some light. Thank you so much.

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Ruling on wigs.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) has clearly forbidden the wearing of hair of another human, or joining human hair to one’s hair, as it involves deception and using a part of the human body, both of which are Haraam.

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra (Radhiallahu Anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Allah has cursed the woman who joins (her or someone else’s) hair (with the hair of another man or a woman) and the woman who asks for her hair to be joined (with the hair of another person) and the one who tattoos and the one asks to get tattooed.” (Sahih al-Bukhari, no. 5589)

Therefore it is impermissible to use humans hair (‘real hair’) in any part of the body, whether the hair is completely joined and fitted into ones hair or whether it is in the form of a wig which can be removed. Similarly it will not be permitted to use pig’s hair due to it being impure (najis).

Using synthetic hair or hair of an animal (except pig) will be permissible regardless of whether the hair is fitted into one’s hair or it is a removable wig. The same rulings will apply for hair and eyelashes.

It is stated in al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya:

“To join one’s hair with the hair of another human is unlawful (haram), whether it is one’s own (removed) hair or someone else’s hair, as mentioned in al-Ikhtiyar sharh al-Mukhtar. However, there is nothing wrong for a woman to put the fur (hair) of a camel or a goat (or other animals except a pig) in her hair strands, as mentioned in Qadi Khan.” (al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya, 5/358).

Therefore, if the wigs/extensions in question is made from human hair, it will not be permissible for one to promote or encourage the sale of such Haraam products by writing on them.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Arshad Ali

Darul Iftaa, Jaamia Madinatul Uloom (Trinidad)

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