Halq And Taqsir

Umrah Haircut Rules For Men And Women

Halq and Taqsir are two significant ceremonies that must be done when the Hajj to Makkah is completed. Depending on the nature of journey, one of these ceremonies is required for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims. Halq is the act of entirely shaving one's head and is only applicable to men. Taqsir is a term that refers to little hair clipping and is also suggested for women who are conducting Umrah. The relevance of Halq and Taqsir, as well as Umrah haircut requirements, are discussed in this blog.

Importance of Umrah Haircut

Pilgrims must do either Halq or Taqsir to exit Ihram according to Umrah process. Women must cut their hair to the length of a fingertip to remove Ihram. Many hadiths emphasize the importance of Umrah haircut rites, which are frequently reported by Islamic scholars. The significance of this practice stems from the notion that one’s hair is associated with one’s look and vanity in the world. One must disconnect from it and follow the path of simplicity and spirituality in order to entirely surrender to Allah.

According to Ismail Ibn Kathir, a well-known scholar (peace be upon him),

“In a dream, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, saw himself entering Makkah and performing Tawaf around the House. He told his companions about this dream when he was still in Madinah…some of them indeed had their head hair shaved, while some of them had their head hair shortened.”

The Prophet’s dream came fulfilled when he shaved his head totally during Hajjatul Wida. He began the Halq rite by shaving the right side of his head first, then progressing to the left. After completing Halq, the Prophet (PBUH) emphasized the importance of these ceremonies by asking mercy three times for those who complete Halq and once for those who perform Taqsir.

Also, Abdullah ibn Umar I narrated in Sahih al-Bukhari,

“Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said, “O Allah! Be merciful to those who have their head shaved.” The people said, “O Allah’s Messenger! And (invoke Allah for) those who get their hair cut short.” The Prophet (PBUH) said, “O Allah! Be merciful to those who have their head shaved.” The people said, “O Allah’s Messenger! And those who get their hair cut short.” The Prophet said (the third time), “And to those who get their hair cut short.” Nafi said that the Prophet had said once or twice, “O Allah! Be merciful to those who get their head shaved,” and on the fourth time he added, “And to those who have their hair cut short.”

Haircut Rules for Performing Halq for Umrah

The following are some of the most essential Umrah haircut rules

1. Halq is not required of women in any circumstance. For ladies, only Taqsir is recommended.
3. Even if a person has no hair, the procedure must be completed with the use of a razor.
5. The pilgrim can execute both Halq and Taqsir on his or her own.
2. When doing Halq, the skull must be totally shaved. Partially shaved legs are not taken into account.
4. Starting Halq or Taqsir from the right side, one must face the Qibla.

Women's Taqsir Rules

Women's Umrah haircut rules differ slightly from men. The following are the significant distinctions:

1. Women should not perform Halq; instead, they should conduct Taqsir in order to be released from Ihram.
3. Even if a woman's hair is short, it must be slightly trimmed in order to safely escape the condition of Ihram and finish the Umrah trip.
2. When conducting Taqsir, all hair ends must be chopped down to the length of a fingertip.

When is the best time to perform Halq for Umrah?

After the Ihram, Tawaf, and Sa’ee procedures have been completed, Halq after Umrah is performed. It is well known that Halq or Taqsir must be performed in order to remove Ihram. Any haircut done before performing Umrah will not be deemed Halq or Taqsir, hence Halq before Umrah is not permitted. Because it is banned to cut your hair once you put Ihram on, it is not permissible to conduct Halq before Umrah.

The rules for Halq for Hajj are slightly different. Halq/ Taqsir must be conducted at the recommended stage and place, depending on the type of pilgrimage. When doing Hajj al-Tamattu, for example, Halq is performed twice: once during Umrah and again during Hajj. Similarly, you should trim your hair twice during Hajj and once after the pelting of Jamarat al-Aqaba during Hajj al-Ifrad; and so on. Halq is performed in both Mina and Makkah. There are several barbers in Mina, and some may be less expensive than others. To maintain hygiene and safety, it is suggested that you use licensed barbers.

Hadith About Halq and Taqsir

Abdullah ibn Umar (PBUH) narrates

“Allah’s Messenger (PBUH)forbade Al-Qaza (leaving a tuft of hair here and there after shaving one’s head.)”

Hazarat Ali (PBUH) states that,

“The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) forbade women to shave their heads.”

Narrated by Ali I as narrated in Sunan an-Nasa’i,

“The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) forbade women to shave their heads.”

Abdullah ibn Umar, I narrates as narrated in Sahih al-Bukhari

“Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) forbade Al-Qaza (leaving a tuft of hair here and there after shaving one’s head).”

In Surah al-Fath, 48:27, as mentioned in the holy Quran,

“Certainly Allah had shown to His Messenger the vision with truth: you shall most certainly enter the Sacred Mosque, if Allah pleases, in security, (some) having their heads shaved and (others) having their hair cut, you shall not fear, but He knows what you do not know, so He brought about a near victory before that.”

Mufassir Ismail Ibn Kathir V (PBUH) says the following about this verse,

“In a dream, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) saw himself entering Makkah and performing Tawaf around the House. He told his companions about this dream when he was still in Madinah…some of them indeed had their head hair shaved, while some of them had their head hair shortened.”

As a result, Halq for Umrah and Taqsir for women conducting Umrah are regarded to be obligatory rites that must be undertaken with the purpose of drawing closer to Allah. As a result, pilgrims should be informed of crucial Umrah haircut laws and follow these rituals in accordance with Islamic experts’ norms and suggestions, as well as with absolute honesty and devotion to the Almighty.