CHAPTER ON THE MUBARAK
HAIR OF SAYYIDINA RASULULLAH (SAW)
Shamaa-il Tirmidhi Contents
There are many narrations on the length of the hair of Sayyidina Rasulullah
(SAW) as has been mentioned before. There is no contradiction as the hair
is the thing that grows. If at one
time his hair reached the lobes of the ears, then another time it was
longer. It also has been proved that Sayyidina Rasulullah (SAW) shaved
the hair of his head several times. A person who relates about his
mubarak hair at an earlier time states he had short hair. The one
that relates it at a time later than that, states he had longer hair.
Some of the ulama have concluded that the mubarak hair of Sayyidina Rasulullah
(SAW), above the forehead used to reach till half his ears, and the hair
of the middle of his mubarak head was longer than that, and the hair of
the back of the head reached till near his shoulders. Imaam Tirmidhi
has related eight ahaadith in this chapter.
(23) Hadith Number 1.
Anas R.A. reported: "The hair of Rasulullah (SAW) reached till half
of his ears".
(24) Hadith Number 2.
Ayesha R.A. reported: Rasulullah (SAW) and I bathed in one utensil,
and the mubarak hair of Rasulullah (SAW) was longer than those that reached
the ear lobes, and were less than those that reached the shoulders".
(It means that they were not very long nor were they short, but of a medium
It is not clear from this hadith if both bathed in a state of undress.
Ayesha R.A. herself says: 'I did not see the private parts of Sayyidina
Rasulullah (SAW), nor did he see my private
parts'. Also the using of water from the same utensil cannot
prove this. There are many ways both could have bathed from the same
utensil and yet not see the private parts of one another.
From this hadith we also learn of the bathing together of husband and
wife. The ulama are unanimous in accepting Imaam Nawawi's saying
that this is jaa'iz (permissible). Another method is that the husband
bathes first and the wife bathes after him with the remaining water.
This is also unanimously accepted by all. The third method is the
opposite where the wife bathes first then the husband bathes with the remaining
water. This method is accepted by the Hanafis, Shaafi'ees and the
Maalikis. The Hunbalis says it is not permissible, but if the husband is
present and both bath together, then it is permissible. The pros
and cons of this subject are very lengthy, therefore they have been omitted
here. This subject have been mentioned briefly in Arabic commentary.
Since a reputed Imaam opposes this, and this has also been mentioned in
the hadith, it will therefore to better to abstain from it.
(25) Hadith Number 3.
Baraa bin Aazib R.A. reports: "Rasulullah (SAW) was of average hight,
and the portion between the two shoulders was wide. His hair was
till his ear lobes".
This hadith has been explained in the chapter on the mubarak features
of Sayidina Rasulullah (SAW). Because of the hair is briefly mentioned
(26) Hadith Number 4.
Qataadah bin Da'aamah As-Sadusi relates: "I asked Anas R.A., 'How was
the hair of Rasulullah (SAW)?'. He replied: 'It was not very twisted,
nor very straight. It had a slight twist and was a bit
curled, and reached till his ear-lobes'".
(27) Hadith Number 5.
Umme Haani bint Abi Taalib R.A. says: "Rasulullah (SAW) came to Makkah
once after the hijrah. His mubarak hair had four plaits".
According to well-known sources Sayyidina Rasulullah (SAW) came to
Makkah Mukarramah four times after the hijrah. The first, at the
time of Umratul Qadhaa in the 7th year hijri, then at the time of Fathu
Makkah in the 8th year hijri and in the same journey for Umratul Ja'iraanah.
Lastly in the 10th year hijri for Hajj. The journey mentioned in
this hadith under discussion, according to Bayjuri is at the time of Fath
(conquest) of Makkah Mukarramah. The same has been stated in the
Mazaahire Haq. The Ulama have stated other times also.
For men to make plaits like women is Makruh. By the word Ghadaa'ir
in this hadith, one should take to mean that, 'in which that there is no
similitude', because Sayyidina Rasulullah (SAW) forbade himself.
(28) Hadith Number 6.
It is reported from Anas R.A. that the hair of Sayyidina Rasulullah
(SAW) reached till the middle of the ears.
(29) Hadith Number 7.
Ibne Abbas R.A. says: "Rasulullah (SAW) used to leave his hair the
way it naturally was, without making a path in the hair (parting hair).
The reason being that the mushrikeen
(polytheists) used to make a path in their hair, and the Ahlul Kitaab
(People of the Book) did not do so. In the early periods Rasulullah
(SAW) preferred to follow the Ahlul Kitaab, rather
than others, in matters where no command had came from Allah. Later
this was abrogated, and Rasulullah (SAW) began apposing the ways of the
Ahlul Kitaab after this".
(30) Hadith Number 8.
Umme Haani R.A. reports: "I saw Rasulullah (SAW) with four side
locks (on his hair)".
Apparently this is the same hadith as has been quoted earlier.