Donating one’s hair to make wigs for children with cancer


Q: I am a female in need of advice about the cutting of hair in terms of disposal. I cut my hair on Friday and someone mentioned this foundation to me where you can donate your hair and they make wigs for children with cancer to use. Now my mum says she’s not sure if it’s a good idea because Islamically you must bury your hair and I agree with that. However, I really just want to make a difference for a cancer-suffering child and of course I won’t do it if it’s wrong. My question is: Is it wrong to donate your hair for cancer patients?

 

A: It is not permissible for women to cut their hair and further, donating hair is not permissible. Human hair should be buried.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

وفيه قطعت شعر رأسها أثمت ولعنت  زاد في البزازية وإن بإذن الزوج لا طاعة لمخلوق في معصية الخالق ول​ذا يحرم على الرجل قطع لحيته والمعنى المؤثر التشبه بالرجال اه (الدر المختار 6/407)

الانتفاع بأجزاء الآدمي لم يجز قيل للنجاسة وقيل للكرامة هو الصحيح كذا في جواهر الأخلاطي (الفتاوى الهندية 5/354)

فإذا قلم أطفاره أو جز شعره ينبغي أن يدفن ذلك الظفر والشعر المجزوز (الفتاوى الهندية 5/358)

 

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

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