CHAPTER ON THE COMBING
OF THE HAIR OF SAYYIDINA RASULULLAH (SALLALLAHU ALAIHE WASALLAM)
Shamaa-il Tirmidhi Contents
It is mustahab to comb the hair. Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu
alaihe wasallam) has urged us to do so. He used to comb his own hair too.
Imam Tirmidhi has written five Ahadith in this chapter.
(31) Hadith Number 1
Hazrat Aisha (Radiallahu anha) says, "I used to comb the hair of
Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam), even when I was
in the state of menstruation."
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
(Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) often rubbed oil in his head and also often
combed his beard. He put a cloth over his head, which became like an oil
cloth due to the frequent use of oil."
The clothing becomes oiled due to the use of oil, and this was against
the noble habit of Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe
wasallam), who liked cleanliness. He put a cloth over his head so that
the amaamah (turban) etc. did not become stained.
(33) Hadith Number 3
Hazrat Aisha (Radiallahu anha) says, " Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu
alaihe wasallam) liked to begin with the right while combing his hair;
while performing ablution (wudhu) and when putting on his shoes. (Also
in every other deed, he first began with the right then the left).
This (beginning from the right) is not confined to the three acts mentioned
in this Hadith. Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe 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, 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, for instance when entering the toilet.
(34) Hadith Number 4
Hazrat Abdullah Mughaffal (Radiallahu anhu) reports, " Sayyidina Rasulullah
(Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) prohibited the combing of hair, but allowed
it to be does occasionally."
Qazi Iyaz says that occasionally means after every three days. In Abu
Daud a Hadith has been reported, wherein Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu
alaihe wasallam) prohibited the combing of 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 karahate tanzihi. It is specially for the hair that has
no dirt in it and does not need grooming. When the hair is dirty, there
is no karaaha (i.e. not makruh) in combing the hair daily.
(35) Hadith Number 5
Hazrat Humayd bin Abdurrahman (Radiallahu anhu) relates form a Sahabi
that Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu alaihe wasallam) combed his