Shaikh Rabee Clarifies Regarding When Someone Would Be Regarded as One imitating the khawaarij In Their Act of Shaving the Head

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Question to Shaikh Rabee: Our Shaikh-may Allaah preserve you. [Regarding] the statement of the Prophet [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam], “Their sign [i.e. the khawaarij] will be the habit of shaving”. [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari, Hadeeth Number 562, Vol 9] So, is the one who shaves a lot in this era similar to them because some of the scholars say that it [i.e. shaving] is not a sign of theirs at present?

Response: The who does not intend to imitate them, rather he [only] wants to shave his head, this is permissible; because the initial [ruling regarding this affair] is Al-Jawaaz [permissibility] and he [i.e. this person] does not desire to imitate them. Therefore, this person is not from them, because they [i.e. khawaarij] adopted [or chose] shaving as a sign for themselves- in order to distinguish them from the Muslims. They adopted shaving as a distinguishing sign just as the shee’ah adopt black clothing. This is a general distinguishing sign through black [clothing] and what is similar to it, just as the soofiyyah adopt patched garments and some [other types of] clothing to distinguish themselves from the people. So these distinguishing signs which some people wish to be distinguished by way of religious practice and [distinguished] from the Muslims, then these [people] are people of misguidance – similar to the khawaarij in their [act of] shaving. As for the one who shaves because it is permissible, he is not included in this In-Shaa-Allaah, except if he adopts it as a distinguishing sign.

[الذريعة إلى بيان مقاصد كتاب الشريعة – Vol 2, page 266. slightly paraphrased]

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