Wearing a Wig During `Umrah: Permissible?

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Amin Hussein
As-salamu `alaykum. I intend to perform `Umrah, inshaa’ Allah. I'm wearing a hair unit, something like a hair piece or a wig. Is it haram to wear it in `Umrah? Mind you, I never take it off, and I feel psychologically impossible for me to take it off at any time. And when I clip my hair at the end, should I do that from under the hair piece? Thank you for your advice.
Ahmad Kutty
Muhammad Sa`dy

Wa `alaykum as-salamu wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

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Dear brother, thank you for your question that shows your interest to correclty follow Islam’s teachings. 

As for your question, uncovering heads is required for men while performing Hajj or `Umrah.

Responding to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and an Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states,

Men are required to uncover their heads during ihram. So, you should remove the wig before assuming ihram; I cannot understand why it should be such an issue causing a psychological trauma. Don't we see many people who are bald, while others shave their heads-some of them even consider it as a fashion?

So, you need to consult a psychologist; he will advise you how to deal with the stigma you have come to attach to the state of baldness.

On the question of hair extensions, Dr. Muhammad Sa`dy, professor at Al-Azhar Univ., and ex-head of the Live Fatwa page of IslamOnline.net Arabic website, adds:


Generally speaking, the issue of the hair extension and wearing a wig is very controversial; some scholars totally prohibit it while others allow it with some conditions. Here are some details:

1. Scholars agree that if the hair extension or wig is made from human hair, then it is not permissible to wear.

2. If the hair comes from non-human sources (e.g., pure animal), then the scholars differ over the permissibility of wearing it as follows: 

• The Hanafi School considers it permissible as reported from imam Abu Yusuf.
• The Maliki Shool considers it forbidden.
• The Shafi`i School allows it but only for a husband to please his wife.
• The Hanbali School holds the same opinion of the Malikis except that there is another statement, attributed to them, that considers it disliked.

3. If the source of the hair is impure, scholars agree that it is disallowed.

4. If the hair is synthetic, scholars consider it permissible; and if a woman is married, it should be done after seeking her husband’s approval as long as the goal is beautification and ease of lifestyle, and not for trickery or false identification. This is because the reason behind this prohibition is forgery and trickery.

Having said this, we can say that wearing a wig for a man is permissible under some conditions as in case of necessity. Hence, if you suffer from a disease or have a considerable psychological problem, you can wear a wig made of lawful sources.

Allah Almighty knows best.