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CHAPTER ON THE COMBING OF THE HAIR OF SAYYIDINA RASULULLAH SALLA LAHU ALAYHI WA’ALE HI WASALLAM

Hazrat Sheikh-ul Hadeeth Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi (R.A.) explains;                                                                                 

It is mustahab - preferable to comb the hair. Sayyidina Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) has urged us to do so. He used to comb his own blessed hair too.  

Imam Tirmidhi has written five ahaadith in this chapter.   


(31) Hadith Number 1

Hazrat Aisha (Radiallahu anha) says, "I used to comb the hair of
Sayyidina Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam), even when I was in the state of menstruation." 
 


Commentary

The Ulama prove from this Hadith that it permissible for a woman in her periods to look after and serve her husband. Because of the menstruation the whole body of a woman does not become najis (naapak-unclean). It is forbidden to have intercourse with her
during her menstruation. 
 


(32) Hadith Number 2

Hazrat Anas (Radiallahu anhu) reports, "Sayyidina Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) often rubbed oil in his head and also often combed his beard. He put a cloth over his blessed head, which became like an oil cloth due to the frequent use of oil."  


Commentary

The clothing becomes oiled due to the use of oil, and this was against the noble habit of Sayyidina Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam), who liked cleanliness. He put a cloth over his blessed head so that the amaamah (turban) etc. did not become stained. 


(33) Hadith Number 3

Hazrat Aisha (Radiallahu anha) says, " Sayyidina Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) liked to begin with the right while combing his hair; while performing wudhu - ablution and when putting on his shoes. (Also in every other deed, he first began with the right then the left).   


Commentary

This (beginning from the right) is not confined to the three acts mentioned in this Hadith. Sayyidina Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) began everything with the right, that is why ‘every other deed' has been added in the translation of the Hadith. The basic rule is, that all those things that reflect dignity and elegance, while putting on these the right is preferred, and when removing them the left is begun with, as when putting on clothes, shoes etc. When one enters the Masjid - mosque, one enters with the right foot and leaves with the left foot first, as this is the place of dignity and greatness. Contrary to this, in those things that do not have elegance in them, the left is preferred when beginning with them, and the right when ending them, for instance when entering the toilet. 
  


(34) Hadith Number 4

Hazrat Abdullah bin Mughaffal (Radiallahu anhu) reports, " Sayyidina Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) prohibited the combing of hair, but allowed it to be does occasionally."   


Commentary

Imam Qaadi Iyaad says that occasionally means after every three days. In Abu Daawud a Hadith has been reported, wherein Sayyidina Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) prohibited the combing of the hair daily. The Ulama have written that it is prohibited at such times when there is no necessity for it, otherwise there is no harm in it. The prohibition is karaahate tanzihi. It is especially for the hair that has no dirt in it and does not need grooming. When the hair is dirty, there is no karaahal (i.e. not makruh) in combing the hair daily. 
  


(35) Hadith Number 5

Hazrat Humayd bin Abdurrahman (Radiallahu anhu) relates from a Sahaabi - companion that Sayyidina Rasulullah (Salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) combed his blessed hair occasionally.

Studying Ash-Shaam-il 

The combing of the hair of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) 

Sayyid Sheikh explains the haadith mentioned in this chapter with the legislation that can be derived from the Sunnah of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam). Hasrat Anas bin Malik (ra) confirms that Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) applied olive oil to their blessed hair. This strengthens the roots of the hair. This chapter explains that Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) also used a piece of cloth to protect his amaamah – turban from being stained. This was due to the oil being applied. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) combed his blessed beard often. 


The Beauty of Sunnah 

The Noble description of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) has been transmitted through over 10,000 hadith and over 400 in Ash-Shaam-il. It is part of the cherished way of the beloved Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) to take care of appearance. This includes looking in the mirror before meeting someone but this care should not become excessive. The scholars have recommended once in three days.

Also we should not become extravagant or begin dressing like women. ‘Allah (swt) curses men who resemble women’.
 The Sunnah – Way of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) is full of elegance. This should be a mark of beauty among people and should include politeness, nice clothes and general appearance.The using of the ‘right hand’ is another important part of the ‘Sunnah’. We should love doing desirable deeds with our right hand, which includes combing the right side of our hair first and putting on the right shoe first then the left. When entering the masjid it should be with the right foot and when leaving, we use the left first.On the day of Judgement, the people who receive their book of deeds in their right hands will be the people of Jannah – Paradise.Our appearance is important but should not pre-occupy us because our goal is Allah (swt). Therefore Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) combed his blessed hair occasionally in order to establish to his followers not to become pre-occupied with appearance. 

The beauty of Islamic culture also covers the aspects of meeting people and being a host to guests. This element of socialising is mainly the reason we look after our appearance. There are many adab – manners, which are observed as part of the sunnah. For example, when entertaining guests, the host should always begin eating first and should finish his food after the guests have finished. This will avoid the guests feeling awkward or even embarrassed if they are eating and the host is not. Even meeting people should not be excessive and therefore it is recommended not to visit the same person everyday. Once in three days is viewed as being acceptable. We should not impose ourselves on others. This is the culture of Islam.