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THE BLESSED HAIRS OF THE PROPHET (PEACE AND BLESSINGS OF ALLAH BE UPON HIM).

1.0. Introduction:
Muslims show utmost respect and love to the Messenger (peace and blessings of
Allāh be upon him). This love and admiration extends to anything and everything
that is associated with him. Our history testifies that the blessed hairs of the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) were devoutly respected by
the Companions (may Allāh be pleased with them all) and the pious ancestors
after them.
2.0. Did the Prophet (peace and blessings of be upon him) vouch for the
practice of preserving his blessed hairs?
From the authentic ahādīth, it is clear that preserving and respecting the hairs is
a practice which the Prophet himself encouraged:
• Imām al-Bukhārī narrates in his Sahīh from Anas ibn Mālik that:
When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) had his
head shaved (on the occasion of Hajj), Abū Talha was the first to take his
hairs. 1
• Anas (may Allāh be pleased with him) reports:
I saw the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) when the
barber was cutting his hair. The Companions were circulating him. Each
one wanted the blessed hairs to fall in their hands.2
If his hairs were of no importance or significance, the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allāh be upon him) would have prohibited his Companions from
preserving them. No report is to be found as such. On the contrary, we find that
the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) wanted his Companions
to keep them, as a form of baraka. The report of Imām Muslim clearly highlights
this, where Abū Talha was explicitly told by the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allāh be upon him): ‘Distribute the hairs amongst the people.’ 3

1 Sahīh al-Bukhārī. Book of Ablution, hadīth no. 166. 2 Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal (Hadith no. 11951). Tabarruk al-Sahāba bi Athar Rasūl Allāh. Shaykh
Muhammad Tāhir ibn Abd al-Qādir ibn Mahmūd al-Kurdī. (p. 13) Maktaka al-Qāhira Publications,
Cairo, 1997. 3 Sahīh Muslim. Book of Hajj, hadīth no. 2300. The same report is also to be found in Sunan alTirmidhī (hadīth no. 836) and Sunan Abu Dāwūd (hadīth no. 1691).

3.0. What did the Companions and the pious ancestors do with the blessed
hairs of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)?
3.1.They attached value and importance to his hairs.
Imām al-Bukhārī reports in his Sahīh that Ibn Sīrīn once told Ubayda: ‘We have
some hairs of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) that we
attained from Anas (may Allāh be pleased with him).’ Ubayda replied:
Possessing one hair of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon
him) would be more dear and valuable to me than the entire world and all
of its contents.4
3.2. They would seek shifā (cure) for his hairs.
Umm Salama (may Allāh be pleased with her) possessed some blessed hairs of
the Prophet. When people were ill or affected by the evil eye, then they would
come to her with water in a basin. She would then dip the hairs of the Prophet in
the water. They would then drink this water or bathe from it as a means of shifā. 5
3. They would seek victory and success through its baraka.
Qādī Iyād writes that Khālid ibn Walīd (may Allāh be pleased with him) had
some hairs of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) in his cap.
He used to wear this cap in battle and would be victorious with the blessings of
the hairs of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). In the battle
of Yamāma, his cap accidentally fell off during the battle. Rather than to continue
fighting without the cap, Khālid ibn Walīd (may Allāh be pleased with him) began
searching for his cap, despite the intensity of fighting going on at the time. The
Companions were astonished and confused when they saw him pursuing his cap
rather than protecting his life from the enemies. After the battle, Khālid ibn
Walīd explained to the Companions why the cap was so valuable:
I did not do it for the cap itself, but because of the hair of the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) that was in it so I would not be
stripped of its blessing and to avoid it falling into the hands of the idolworshippers. 6
There are many lessons to be learnt from this heart-warming episode. Firstly, it
was the belief and conviction of Khālid ibn Walīd (may Allāh be pleased with
him) that such was the power and baraka of the hair, that it was a means to
victory in battles. Secondly, Khālid ibn Walīd (may Allāh be pleased with him)
valued the hair more than his own life. In the heat of the battle, when the
enemies were pressing forward and threatening to kill the Muslims, Khālid ibn
Walīd (may Allāh be pleased with him) was more anxious to preserve the
Prophet’s hair than his own life. Finally, the enemies of the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allāh be upon him) have no right to his blessings and tabarruk.

4 Sahīh al-Bukhārī, Book of Ablution, hadīth no. 165.
5 Sahīh al-Bukhārī, Book of Clothes, hadīth no. 5446. 6 Al-Shifa. Qādī Iyād. p. 275. Dār Ibn Hazm Publications, Beirut, 2002.

3.4. They would seek peace and bliss in the grave from its baraka.
• Anas ibn Mālik requested to be buried with the hairs of the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allāh be upon him) under his tongue. 7
• Mu’āwiya (may Allāh be pleased with him) possessed the shirt, nails and hairs
of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him). He asked to be buried
with these relics. When he made this bequest he remarked: ‘If anything will
benefit me [in the grave], then these relics will.’ 8
• Imām Ahmad ibn Hanbal had three hairs from the body of the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allāh be upon him). He requested to be buried with one placed
on his mouth and the other two on each eye. 9
4.0. Etiquettes of the ziyārah of his blessed hairs.
• He should be in the state of wudū. Qādī Iyād reports in al-Shifā that Ahmad ibn
Fazlawiyya possessed the bow of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be
upon him). He said:
I have never touched this bow with my hands expect with wudū since I
learnt that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) held
this bow with his hand. 10
• He should display humbleness and humility.
• He should read salāt wa’l salām as much as possible.
• He should not turn his back towards the blessed hairs.
• He certainly should not raise his voice.

Dr. Hafiz Ather Hussain al-Azhari.
BA Principles of Theology, al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt.
MA Arabic and Islamic Studies, Dar al-Ulum Muhammadia Ghawsia, Bhera, Pakistan.
BA Political Science, MPhil Theology & PhD Theology, University of Birmingham.

7 p. 16. Tabarruk al-Sahāba bi Athar Rasūl Allāh. Shaykh Muhammad Tāhir ibn Abd al-Qādir ibn
Mahmūd al-Kurdī. Maktaka al-Qāhira Publications, Cairo, 1997. 8 p. 24. Tabarruk al-Sahāba bi Athar Rasul Allāh. Shaykh Muhammad Tāhir ibn Abd al-Qādir ibn
Mahmūd al-Kurdī. Maktaka al-Qāhira Publications, Cairo, 1997. 9 p. 17. Ibid.
10 p. 275. Al-Shifā. Qādī Iyād. p. 275. Dār Ibn Hazm Publications, Beirut, 2002.

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