Question # 266: Is it true that women shouldn’t leave their hair open n uncovered during maghrib time bcoz jinn get more attracted to open hair?

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Dear questioner,

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Shorter Answer: The claim that the Shaytaan/jinn plays or gets attracted with a woman’s hair, if she uncovers, is a fallacy for which there is no evidence in the shar’iah.

Long Answer: There is nothing wrong with a woman uncovering her hair in front of her mahrams and in front of other women, and when she is alone in her house. This is something on which the scholars are agreed and is what Muslim women have done since the time of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and up to the present.

With regard to the claim that the Shaytaan plays with a woman’s hair if she uncovers it in her house, this is a false claim for which there is no evidence and no hadith or report has been narrated concerning it. So, it is not permissible to make this claim or approve of it, or to transmit it to people. Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) says in the Qur’an: “And follow not (O man, i.e., say not, or do not, or witness not) that of which you have no knowledge. Verily, the hearing, and the sight, and the heart of each of those ones will be questioned (by Allah)” (Soorah al-Isra’, 17:36)

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked the following question: “When the muezzin gives the call to prayer and a woman has her hair uncovered and is in her house, or in her family’s house, or in a neighbor’s house, where no one can see her except her mahrams or other women, is that haraam? Do the angels curse her for the duration of the adhan?”

He replied: “This is not true. A woman may uncover her hair even when the muezzin is giving the call to prayer, so long as no non-mahrams can see her…” (Majmoo‘ Fataawa wa Rasaa’il Ibn ‘Uthaymeen)

(The above reply is based on answer provided by Shaykh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajjid on the topic)

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