Is It Impermissible to Preserve the Hair of the Deceased?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I somehow have some hair from my deceased father. Is it impermissible to keep it with me? If yes, then what should I do with it?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

The preservation of a deceased person’s hair is not impermissible in itself. However, it would be best to bury it with all separated human parts.

This is because Allah Most High has honored every part of the human being: “Verily, we have honored the Children of Adam.” [Quran, 17:70]

It is recommended to bury everything that is separated from a living human’s body, such as a limb, hair, nails, and the like. Read the links below.

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How Should a Muslim Dispose Cut Off Hair and Nails? (
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I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.