I have heard before that it is not a permissible act for men to keep their hair longs. It seems it is recommended to have short hair for men.

My question is: What is the ruling of having long hair for men?

Indeed, does Islam agree with men who have long hair?

  • I believe the prophet saaw had hair that went down between his shoulders according to certain narrations – user8805 Oct 15 '14 at 4:36

AFAIK, we don't have any hadith that says directly it's wrong to have long hairs, BUT we have hadith that says to men, don't make yourself like woman (don't shave you beard) and also don't make yourself like Kufaars (the reason some Muslim don't grow moustache, because at the time, Persian Empire men used to grow moustache).

If growing long hair is OK somewhere/sometime it's OK to grow long hair, as it was at the time of Prophet Muhammad and before and after that. But nowadays it's not usual for men to grow long hair and it's something that considered womanish.

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    Please consider backing up your claims. – ozbek Oct 16 '14 at 0:31

In Islam, if something not explicitly prohibited (by Allah and/or His Messenger (saw)) we say it is permissible.

It is prohibited to man imitate woman and vice versa with Sahih hadith like:

It was narrated from Ibn Abbas:

That the Prophet cursed men who imitate women and woman who imitate men.

Grade : Sahih (Darussalam)
Sunan Ibn Majah English reference : Vol. 3, Book 9, Hadith 1904

And we also know Prophet (saw) had long hair, so the question is up to what extend the hair length can go:

Narrated Anas :

The hair of the Prophet (ﷺ) used to hang down up to his shoulders.

Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 5903
In-book reference : Book 77, Hadith 120

another one:

It was narrated from Anas that:

The hair of the Prophet (SAW) came down to his shoulders.

Grade : Sahih (Darussalam)
Reference : Sunan an-Nasa'i 5235
In-book reference : Book 48, Hadith 196

and anohter Sahih one:

It was narrated that Anas said:

"The hair of the Prophet (SAW) was wavy, neither curly nor straight, and (hung down) between his ears and his shoulders."

Grade : Sahih (Darussalam)
Reference : Sunan an-Nasa'i 5053
In-book reference : Book 48, Hadith 14
English translation : Vol. 6, Book 48, Hadith 5056

So it is safe to say the length shouldn't exceed the shoulders. Otherwise it may became like woman's.

Allah knows best.

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