Wigs: Wearing wigs

Q669 :A person lost his hair at a young age. This has caused him much embarrassment. As a result, he has been wearing a wig constantly for several years. Of late, someone has told him that it is forbidden to wear a wig and that his prayers are invalid. Is his prayer valid if he wears a wig after he has completed his ablution?

A669 : This question involves three separate points. The first is the one which concerns the validity of this man's prayers while wearing wig. The answer to this point is that his prayers are valid. It is not right to attach the validity of prayers to something which has no bearing on it. So, he should not worry about what has passed in this regard. The second point concerns the wearing of a wig. This is something that Islam does not approve, for men or women. The Prophet has made it clear that wearing a wig is prohibited. He indeed cursed a woman who requests another to help her attach hair to her own hair, in order to give her a false appearance, and the one who gives such help. This area is an extension of the Islamic principle that falsehood is rejected. Wearing hair over one's own gives a false appearance and, therefore, is forbidden. A woman asked the Prophet about her young daughter who lost much of her hair through an illness. She wished to know whether she was allowed to wear a wig. The Prophet made it clear to her that 'that' was not permissible. If hair-transplant is felt by specialists to be successful, then we apply to it the same ruling which concerns organ transplant. This is permissible as long as it is beneficial to the recipient, without adversely affecting the donor.

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