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
  • I think there is different between a person that Allah bestow him with long hair rather than a person that does have but want to have because the prophet has – Muhammad Oct 5 '20 at 20:57

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.


arrated from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that he saw ‘Abd-Allah ibn al-Haarith praying, and his hair was braided and tied up at the back. He went and started to undo it. When he finished praying, he turned to Ibn ‘Abbaas and said: What do you have to do with my hair? He said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) say: “The likeness of this one is that of a man who prays with his hands tied.”

Narrated by Muslim, no. 492

Al-Mannaawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

What is meant by “braided and tied up at the back” is that his hair was gathered together. “(The likeness of) one who prays with his hands tied” means: with his hands tied to his shoulders, which is not appropriate (i.e., it is makrooh), because if his hair was not loose it would not fall to the ground (when prostrating), so he would not be prostrating with all parts of his body, like the hands of the one whose hands are tied cannot touch the ground. Abu Shaamah said: This is to be understood as referring to when the hair is gathered to the back of the head after being braided, as women do.

Fayd al-Qadeer, 3/6

It says in al-Mawsoo‘ah al-Fiqhiyyah (26/109-110):

The fuqaha’ are unanimously agreed that it is makrooh to tie the hair when praying. What is meant by tying the hair is to fasten the braid of hair around the head, as women do, or to gather the hair and tie it at the back of the head. This is makrooh (not appropriate), but if a person prays like that, his prayer is still valid.

It doesnt seem to me they are talking about short hair

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