Camel hump scarves and hairstyles
The camel humps referred to in hadeeth, is that specific to hijaabs being massive as if like camel humps, or does it include hairstyles (at home, not outside) that are huge also?
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem.
Alhamdulillaahi was salaatu was salaamu `alaa Rasoolillaahi wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi wa man waalaahu, wa ba`d:
Wa `alaykumus salaam.
The Hadeeth in question is reported by Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah Radhiallaahu `Anhu who said that Rasoolullaah Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “There are two groups of the people of Hell that I have not seen (yet), a group who have whips like the tails of cattle with which they beat the people, and women who are clothed yet naked, they cause people to incline (to evil) and they are inclined (to evil), their heads are like the leaning humps of camels, they will not enter Jannah, nor will they (even) get its fragrance, and indeed its fragrance can be smelt from such and such a distance.” [i] – Authentic, from Saheeh Muslim.
The Hadeeth is Mutlaq (unrestricted) when it says: “their heads are like the leaning humps of camels”, there is no mention of scarves or hair etc, therefore it will apply to everything, be it hair or scarves or anything else.
Imaam Nizhaamuddeen Ash-Shaashi Rahimahullaah says in Usool Ash-Shaashi: “Something which is unrestricted will be treated as unrestricted (and not restricted).” [ii]
Therefore it will not be restricted to only being a scarf, or only referring to hairstyles.
Imaam An-Nawawi Rahimahullaah also speaks about this in his Sharh (explanation) of Saheeh Muslim and says: “As for “their heads are like the humps of camels” then what it means is that they enlarge their heads with scarves and turbans and other such things which are wrapped on the head until it resembles a hump like the hump of a camel.” [iii]
Imaam An-Nawawi Rahimahullaah further mentions another explanation for it and says: “Al-Qaadhi has chosen the interpretation which says that the “Maa’ilaat” (those who incline) refers to combing the hair in a leaning style, he said it is done by plaiting the hair then gathering it on top of the centre of the head and tying it there so that it becomes like the hump of a camel.” [iv]
So from this we can see that it refers to anything and everything which creates a resemblance to a camel hump, whether it is by wrapping scarves into that style, or gathering the hair on top of the head and covering it with a scarf, or even just having it as a hairstyle at home, it all falls under the purview of this Hadeeth.
And Allaah knows best.
Ubaidullah Ibn Adam Aal-Ebrahim.
Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Rashid Ahmed Moosagie.
Wednesday 28th Safar 1435 – 1st January 2014.
[i]عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «صِنْفَانِ مِنْ أَهْلِ النَّارِ لَمْ أَرَهُمَا، قَوْمٌ مَعَهُمْ سِيَاطٌ كَأَذْنَابِ الْبَقَرِ يَضْرِبُونَ بِهَا النَّاسَ، وَنِسَاءٌ كَاسِيَاتٌ عَارِيَاتٌ مُمِيلَاتٌ مَائِلَاتٌ، رُءُوسُهُنَّ كَأَسْنِمَةِ الْبُخْتِ الْمَائِلَةِ، لَا يَدْخُلْنَ الْجَنَّةَ، وَلَا يَجِدْنَ رِيحَهَا، وَإِنَّ رِيحَهَا لَيُوجَدُ مِنْ مَسِيرَةِ كَذَا وَكَذَا». – رواه الإمام مسلم رحمه الله في صحيحه.
[ii]الْمُطلق يجْرِي على إِطْلَاقه. – قاله الإمام نظام الدين الشاشي رحمه الله في كتابه أصول الشاشي.
[iii]وأما رؤوسهن كأسنمة البخت فمعناه يعظمن رؤوسهن بِالْخُمُرِ وَالْعَمَائِمِ وَغَيْرِهَا مِمَّا يُلَفُّ عَلَى الرَّأْسِ حَتَّى تُشْبِهُ أَسْنِمَةَ الْإِبِلِ الْبُخْتِ. – قاله الإمام النووي رحمه الله في كتابه شرح النووي على مسلم.