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Dear Akhi, Assalamua'laikum warahmatullaahi wabrakaatuh, |
Read the thread below by Akh Abul Hasan Malik, insha'Allaah it is an answer to your query. PLease read the whole thing first. Having Braided hair and dreadlocks are different. Braided hair, one may untangle and loosen it but dreadloacks you cannot. Bec Rasulullah sallallaahu 'alaihi wassallam said "Indeed the example of the one who prays like this is like the example of the one who prays with his hands bound."
And i do believe the Mushrikoon have their reasons for dreadlocking their hair. And we are commanded not to look like them.
Abu Rashideen Zamuri ibn Muhammad Zain
Abul.HasanMalik -- 12-03-2002 @ 12:00 AM
With regards to the issue of men braiding their hair, then there comes in the hadeeth of Umm Haani' bint Abee Taalib where she said, "The Prophet sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam traveled to Makkah and he had his hair in four braids." The hadeeth is collected by Aboo Daawood (#4185), Ibn Maajah (#3631 according to Al-Albaanee), and Al-Albaanee authenticates it in Ash-Shamaa'il Al-Muhammadiyyah (#23) and he says in the footnotes, defining the meaning of dhufr (braid): "it is a section of loose hair that is taken and twisted together." (p.35)
Also what comes in the hadeeth of Ibn 'Abbaas in Saheeh Muslim, that he saw Abdullaah ibn Al-Haarith praying with his hair braided back, and Ibn Abbaas unbraided Abdullaah ibn Al-Haarith's hair while he was praying. So Ibn Al-Haarith asks him after the prayer, "What is with you and my head?" Ibn 'Abbaas replied, "Verily I heard the Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam say: Indeed the example of the one who prays like this is like the example of the one who prays with his hands bound." [Saheeh Muslim, see The Prophet's Prayer Described p.143]
And in another narration in Aboo Daawood and At-Tirmithee that At-Tirmithee grades as hasan (an acceptable level of authenticity less than saheeh), "and that (the braids) is the resting place of the Shaytaan."
Al-Albaanee gives a nice faa'idah, he says, "And the meaning of the hadeeth is that if his hair is unplatted or untied and it falls upon the earth when he prostrates, he is given the reward for each hair that touches the ground. So if it is braided back, it becomes as if it does not prostrate. And this parable of it being like hands bound back, is because they (the hands) would not touch the ground during prostration. So I say it appears that this ruling is specific to the men, not the women, as was quoted by Ash-Showkaanee from Ibn Al-'Arabee." [The Prophet's Prayer p.143 arabic edition]
As for dreadlocks, then this is different from braids, as braids can be undone and dreadlocks can not. And there is also the other issue of the dreadlocks being a religious custom of the rastafarians who are mushrikoon.
I hope this gives some benefit in shaa' Allaah.
Abul-Hasan Maalik Al-Akhdar
Whosoever contends with the Messenger, even after guidance has been clearly conveyed, & follows a path other than the Believers', We shall leave him in the path he has chosen & land him in Hell, what an evil destination.[An-Nissa:115]