The Wahhabis: Their Sign is That They Shave

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The mufti of Zabid, Yemen, Sayyid ‘Abd ar-Rahman al-Ahdal (q.s.) said, “It is enough testimony against Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab that the Prophet (s.a.w.) said, ‘Their mark is that they shave,’ for this was never done by any of the sects of innovators before him.”  This was related by Imam Ahmad ad-Dahlan (r.a.) in his book, Khulaswat al-Kalam fi Bayan Umara’ al-Balad al-Haram.  When ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab had a group of Muslims killed because they did not shave their heads as he required his followers to do, Shaykh al-Mun’ami (r.a.) wrote a lampoon whose first verse is:

“Is there, concerning shaving the head at sword point,
An authentic hadits related from my ancestor, the Prophet?”

He even ordered the women who followed him to shave their heads.  Once he ordered a woman who entered his new religion to shave her head.  She replied, “If you ordered men to shave off their beards, then it would be permissible for you to order a woman to shave her head.  But the hair on a woman’s head has the same sacred status as a man’s beard.”  ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab was unable to answer her.


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