One of the main things Muslims are concerned about when considering a hair transplant is the permissibility of the procedure. During their research they ask questions such as “is hair transplant haram or halal?’’ or ” are hair transplants haram ” and ‘’is hair transplant permissible?’’.
In regard to their query, we would like to clarify more about hair transplant and how it differs from hair extensions.
What is hair transplantation?
Hair transplant is basically a procedure of transferring or relocating hair from one area on the scalp to another.
People resort to this kind of surgery to restore the hair they lost and cover the baldness. This procedure does not include the use of synthetic or artificial hair.
Hair transplant uses the patient’s own hair from the back of the head and implanting it in the balding sites.
While hair extension is attaching unnatural hair to a person’s real hair to make it look thicker, longer and more attractive. Which means the hair used is artificial or made from someone else’s hair.
So, is hair transplant haram or halal?
Based on evidence from Hadith and some Islamic scholars, hair transplant is permissible and not considered haram.
The Islamic Scholar Sheikh Mohammed Bin Al-Uthaymeen was asked ‘’ is hair transplant haram or halal?’’ and he replied:
‘’ Yes, hair transplant is permissible, because this comes under the heading of restoring which Allah has created or correcting a fault. It does not come under the heading of cosmetic procedures or adding to what Allah has created. So, it is not regarded as changing the creation of Allah. Rather it is restoring something that is lacking or removing a fault.’’
Another senior lecturer and Islamic Scholar Sheikh Ahmad Kutty said:
“Hair transplantation by means of natural hair is permissible, while doing so with artificial hair is considered impermissible. Islam prohibits us from unnecessarily interfering or tampering with our bodies. This falls under the forbidden category of mutilation or distortion of Allah’s creation, which has been spoken of as a project Satan is committed to engaging humankind in.’’
This ruling is also supported by Hadith in another story:
‘’There is the well-known story of the three people, one of whom was bald and said that he wished that Allah would restore his hair, so the angel touched him, and Allah restored his hair and gave him beautiful hair’’.
The Hadith referred to in his answer was narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3277, and Muslim, 2964.
What do we Understand from these Evidences?
Referring to these evidences from Hadith and based on the efforts of Islamic scholars we can understand that hair transplant is not haram.
Islam only forbids interference and mutilation with the creation of Allah. However, hair transplant is a way to regain one’s confidence and enhance the psychology of individuals. And Islam is not against restoring to medical treatments.
Why is hair transplant halal while hair extension is haram?
Hair extension is seen as a way to alter the creation of Allah by attaching hair that belongs to someone else or artificial.
Islam says that this is considered as an act of deception and lying to others about something that is unreal.
Evidence from Al-Hadith Al-Shareef:
It is said that a woman asked the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) about the rulings of Islam on hair extensions.
She told him that her daughter was getting married and she had a problem with her hair. Thus. wants to attach an extension to look beautiful.
The prophet Mohammed PBUH told her that it’s is forbidden in Islam (Haram).
As an answer to the question is hair transplant haram we, with all certainty, can say that hair transplant is not haram and that’s based on clues inferred from Al-Hadith and the Islamic scholars.