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Shaving the hair of a newborn

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Nasihah (Advice): Sayyidatuna Aa’ishah (Radiyallahu Anha) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “There are ten inborn qualities that are from basic human cleanliness: Trimming the moustache, lengthening the beard, brushing the teeth with the Miswaak, rinsing the nostrils with water, clipping the nails, washing the body joints thoroughly, plucking the hair on the armpits, shaving the pubic hair and cleansing oneself with water after visiting the toilet” (Sahih Muslim, Hadith #: 261)


Q. I read that it is makrooh to shave the head of a newborn baby girl. Please can you give me the shariah ruling on shaving the head of a newborn girl and why it is done or not done. Please also send reply to my email address.

(Query published as received)

A. It is Sunnah to shave the hair of the newborn (male/female) on the 7th day since childbirth. This practice is established in the Hadith.

It is not Makrooh.

And Allah Knows Best

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

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