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Chapter: Laws of ehram

Laws of ehram | 10. Removing the hair from the body and ehram

Removing the Hair from the Body and Ihram


(1)       Trimming the beard (or making shorter than one fist or French cut) as it is haraam and in ihram it is extremely haraam.  However, in ihram cutting the hair on the head is not allowed, but one fourth part of the hair of the head or beard or more than that is removed, then Dam becomes wajib.  If that is less than one fourth, then giingSadaqah becomes imperative.   (Bahar-e-Shariyat, Volume 1, Part 6, Page 1170).


(2)       A woman cannot remove hair from any part of her body (for example, eye brows, or face)If a woman removes hair from her total head or one fourth (1/4) hair from the head to the measure of one joint of the finger, then Dam becomes applicable.  If less than the measurement of a joint of a finger, then Sadaqah has to be given.(Bahar-e-Shariyat, Volume 1, Part 6, Page 1170).


(3)       A Muhrim man cannot remove even the hair below his navel.  If half or more than that  of the hair from that area is removed then a Sadaqah becomes wajib. Removing all the hair attracts the penalty of a Dam.  (Bahar-e-Shariyat, Volume 1, Part 6, Page 1170).


(4)       In ihram, if hair from the armpits removed, then Dam becomes wajib.  For the two armpits, the commands are same. However, if a Kaffara is given after removing hair from an armpit, and then again the hair is removed from the other armpit, them again a Kaffara has to be given.


(5)       If a person just remembered that he is in ihram and stops removing the hair from his armpit, then for removing half of the hair or more than that, Sadaqah becomes wajib and Dam applies only on removing the complete hair from the armpit.  (Bahar-e-Shariyat, Volume 1, Part 6, Page 1170).


(6)       If all the hair from the head to toe is removed in one sitting, then only one Dam becomes wajib.  If the hair from different parts removed at different times, then that number of Kaffarah are to be given.  (Bahar-e-Shariyat, Volume 1, Part 6, Page 1171).


(7)       If two or three hair fall down at the time of ablution (wudhu) or while scratching or while combing, then give in alms one fistful grains of provision or piece of bread or one dried date for each hair.  If more than three hair fall down then a Sadaqah has to be given.  (Bahar-e-Shariyat, Volume 1, Part 6, Page 1171).


(8)       If some hair got burnt due to the heat of the oven while cooking the food, then Sadaqah applies. (Bahar-e-Shariyat, Volume 1, Part 6, Page 1170  ).


(9)       Sadaqah has to be given for trimming the moustache  or shaving completely. (Bahar-e-Shariyat, Volume 1, Part 6, Page 1170).


(10)    Apart from the hair of the head, beard, neck, below navel, if hair from other part such as chest is removed, then only Sadaqah applies.  (Bahar-e-Shariyat, Volume 1, Part 6, Page 1170).


(11)    For the ones who are suffering from hair fall disease and if the hair fall down automatically without touching the same, there is no Kaffarah for such incidence, even if their full hair fall down.  (Bahar-e-Shariyat, Volume 1, Part 6, Page 1171).


(12)    If the time of removing the ihram has come, that is to say, those who have performed Umrah during Hajj Tamaththa, then both of them can shave one another’s head.


(13)    If the time of removing ihram has not come, for example, two person who are performing Hajj Qiran could not remove their ihram after performing Umrah.  Then in such circumstances, the penalty of Kaffara is different for them.  That is to say, if a person wearing ihram shaves the head of another person who is also wearing ihram, Dam is applied on the person whose head has been shaved, besides Sadaqah has to be given by the one who shaves.  If a person in ihram shaves the head, or trimmed the moustache or cut the nails of a person who does not wear ihram, then the one who is wearing ihram has to give alms to the poor.  (Bahar-e-Shariyat, Volume 1, Part 6, Pages 1142,  1171).


Remember that the Qarin and Mufarrid both stay in Makkah wearing ihram and saying Labbaik. Their saying Labbaik would end on the 10th while pelting stones on Jumrah, then only they would be free from ihram.  But Mutamatta who had performed Tamaththa and the Mutamar or the one who performs only Umrah, from the start of circumambulation (Tawaf) of the holy Ka’bah and after such time that he kisses the Sang Aswad (Black stone), stop saying Labbak, and after the completion of circumambulation (Tawaf) and Saee, he can get his entire head shaved, or shorter, that is to say, men and women get their hair cut and remove their ihram.  After this, the Mutamatta could remain without ihram till 8thDhu Al-Hijja if he likes, but it is better to wear ihram as soon as possible, if they do not think it to be a long period feeling the conditions to be unbearable.


(14)    The one who is not in ihram cannot shave his head before shaving or cutting the hair of the one who is wearing ihram.  If he does shave, then Dam applies to the one who is wearing ihram and Sadaqah has to be given by the one who does not wear ihram.  (Bahar-e-Shariyat, Volume 1, Part 6, Pages 1142, 1171).


(15)    If any hair fall on its own in the eyes, then that can be removed.  No Kaffarah for his.