How Was the Prophet’s Hair (Allah Bless Him and Give Him Peace)?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I have seen non-Muslims use this hadith against Muslims, and I would like to receive an explanation for it.

Ibn Abbas (Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) used to copy the people of the Scriptures in matters in which there was no order from Allah. The people of the Scripture used to let their hair hang down, while the pagans used to part their hair. So the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) let his hair hang down first, but later on, he parted it. [Bukhari]


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health.

Our beloved Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) wore his noble hair in several styles and lengths and by way of oiling and combing it.

A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) narrates, “When I parted the hair of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), I made a parting from the crow of his head and let his forelock hang between his eyes.” [Abu Dawud, Ahmad]
He (Allah bless him and give him peace) also let his hair hang freely, known as sadala. Ibn `Abbas narrates in Bukhari and Muslim that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) would let his hair hang freely initially and then begin parting it.
It is narrated from Umm Hani, by Abu Dawud, that the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) also wore his hair in four plaits.

The bottom line is that the correct opinion is that it is permissible to lower and hang it down, and parting is better. [Ali al-Qari, Mirqat al-Mafatih]

I would like you to watch the detailed explanation about the hair of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace).


05 – The Prophet’s Hair – Bajuri’s Commentary on the Shama’il – Shaykh Abdullah Misra (

Preservation of the Prophet’s Hair and Seeking Blessings Through It – SeekersGuidance

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I pray this helps answer your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel has received traditional education in various countries. He started his schooling in the UK and completed his hifz of the Quran in India. After that, he joined an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied secular and Aalimiyya sciences. Later, he traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, and other Middle Eastern countries to further his education. Mawlana has served as an Imam in the Republic of Ireland for several years and taught the Quran and other Islamic sciences to both children and adults. He also worked as a teacher and librarian at a local Islamic seminary in the UK for 12 years. Presently, he lives in the UK with his wife and is interested in books and gardening.