Why I Cut My Newborn Baby’s Hair | Christal Joan

Bismillahir rahmanir rahmeem

People often disagree with what they fail to understand leading to unnecessary arguments and tensions. This is something I know and have dealt with frequently since becoming Muslim but, when I became a mother (alhamdulillah), I realised again how little people knew about Islam and the way in which it nurtures and cares for children.

Ali (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (saw) slaughtered a goat on the occasion of Hasan’s birth, the son of Fatimah (RA) and Ali (RA) and said “Oh Fatimah! Shave the head of Hasan and pay silver equal to the weight of the hair as charity” – Tirmidhi 2:1226

Let me set the picture for you. At 7 days old, we shaved my son’s head and paid it’s weight in silver as charity, a right which he has over us as his parents. However, the reactions we got were phenomenally negative. “Why couldn’t you leave him in his ‘natural’ state?”, “Just because you’re Muslim it doesn’t mean he has to be”, “Actions like that will get your child taken from you by social services, it’s not right. It’s child cruelty!” And the list goes on.

Even after explaining the beauty of the act people still reacted negatively. Despite knowing the hair will grow back, people reacted as if we had pierced his ears or given him a tattoo astaghfirAllah.

So it got me thinking, Islam cannot be the only religion/ tradition in which children’s heads are shaved. So, I began to research and found 4 examples of infant hair cutting in different cultures.

HINDU BABIES

From birth the hair of the baby is associated with undesirable traits from a past life. Therefore during the Mundan it is freshly cut to symbolise leaving the past behind and embracing a fresh future. A tuft is left at the top of the head, said to protect the memory.

MALIKU BABIES

At the 20th day of birth, Maliku babies have their heads shaved and it’s weight measured against silver or gold and  given in charity to the poor. This process is called boabeylun.

YAZIDI BABIES

In the Yazidi tradition, the first few locks of a boys hair are cut by the child’s 40th day after they have been named according to the old ttradition This is called the bisk ceremony. Traditionally, the hair was given to the family’s shaikh or pir but now it is often kept by the family

BABIES IN AFRICAN CULTURE

From speaking to many friends from all over the continent, it is popular to shave the head of babies as it is believed that this will stimulate hair growth.

As you can see, infant hair cutting is not unheard of in many cultures across the globe. So why is there such a backlash when it comes to doing the same in Islam? Part of me knows why. Whatever is associated with Islam, people will automatically reject because they don’t understand/ don’t want to understand it. We live in a society that preaches tolerance of all religions and races…. EXCEPT Islam. This is the sad reality but, the aim of this blog has always been to help spread the true message of Islam and to educate myself along the way.

Did you shave your child’s head on the 7th day? Comment below with the reactions you had and how you handled them.

Please share this article with those who are interested in Islam. May it be a means of sadaqah for me and you also during this blessed month of Ramadan, Ameen.

ChristalBlogs x

9 thoughts on “Why I Cut My Newborn Baby’s Hair | Christal Joan

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  2. Chelsea says:

    Masha’Allah you had your baby! Congratulations I wish you and your family so much joy and happiness. May Allah (swt) protect your little one and make him grow up to be a righteous servant of Allah. I’m so sorry you had to experience all of that. You’re right, when people experience something that is different to their own beliefs or own way of life they automatically assume it’s wrong. And unfortunately, many times there is no reasoning with them =(. Good for you for sticking to what you believe in and doing what you wanted. You will receive that many more rewards, in sha Allah 😉

    • ChristalBlogs says:

      Ameen. Jazakillahu khayrun for your kind duas sis. To be honest I was very shocked by the responses we got subhanAllah.May Allah swt open the hearts of the people to Islam, Ameen

  3. Simply A Mama says:

    This is such an interesting read. We shaved our newborn’s hair and I didn’t see a problem with it… I mean it’s just hair and it will grow back eventually (it took my son months to grow his hair back). Don’t listen to the criticism and weird comments. You should be proud that you followed the sunnah 🙂
    Best regards

  4. Larissa Bennett says:

    Beautiful research, btw!
    I don’t have children just yet (in sha Allah in the future) but since learning about this I have always planned to do it. Whether society rejects it or not. My trust is in Allah swt. Whatever he agrees with MUST be good for me. My trust is not in the people as we are flawed and prone to making mistakes (and plenty!) Allah is perfect and His orders are divine. Even if, there was no scientific backup, or not other religion participated, or all the Muslims were against me, I would still go for it.
    Am I ignorant? Blind following? I think not… I think it takes enlightenment, bravery and awareness/knowledge to follow Islam & the Sunnah.
    For those who follow what goes on around them…. I think they are most ignorant. May Allah guide us.

    • Christal Joan says:

      Ameen. You hit the nail right on the head sis. I often think there are things that Allah made for us to follow and not have a deep understanding because it’s beyond our comprehension but good for us and that is a test for us in taqwa. There are so many thing He has given us the full knowledge of and we reject so easily! May Allah swt have mercy on us and grant us jannah without account, Ameen

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