Ruling on shaving part of the head only

Narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade qaza’. Naafi’ was asked: What is al-qaza’? He said: Shaving part of a boy’s head and leaving part.

Recorded by Bukhari and Muslim

Imam Ahmad (5583) narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) saw a boy, part of whose hair had been shaved and part had been left. He forbade that and said: “Shave it all or leave it all.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani inSilsilat al-Ahaadeeth al-Saheehah (1123).

Imam Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Majmoo’ (1/347): Qaza’, which means shaving part of the head, is makrooh because of the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar in al-Saheehayn, which says that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) forbade qaza’. End quote. 

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Sharh al-Mumti’ (1/167): Qaza’ means shaving part of the head and leaving part of it. It is of different types:

1-Where the shaving is not done properly, so some hair is shaved on the right side and on the left, and on the front, and on the back [i.e., separate parts of the head are shaved and the rest is left].

2-Where the middle is shaved and the sides are left.

3-Where the sides are shaved and the middle is left.

4-Where the front part only is shaved and the rest is left.

End quote. al-Sharh al-Mumti’ (1/167)

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