GEORGE TOWN, Oct 17 — It is not wrong for Muslim women to have their hair cut by female hairdressers in non-Muslim hair salons, PKR preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin said today.
He said an old ulama named al-Imam al-Mardawi mentioned in the Kitab al-Insaf that it is not wrong for non-Muslim women to look at or touch the hair of Muslim women.
“Therefore, there is nothing wrong for Muslim women to get their haircut at a non-Muslim hair salons,” he told the Malay Mail Online.
Wan Ji was responding to a viral video clip of religious preacher, Shahul Hamid Seeni Muhammad, warning Muslim women not to frequent non-Muslim hair salons.
The two-year old video clip was one of a few videos that started making its rounds online and on social media the last few days.
The video started with Shahul Hamid saying it was wrong for Muslim men to go to female hairdressers before he added that Muslim women too must not let non-Muslim female hairdressers touch their hair.
In two other video clips, also back in 2015, Shahul Hamid said it was wrong for Muslims to wish others “happy birthday” and that it is haram for Muslim parents to send their children to Chinese vernacular schools.
Commenting on this, Wan Ji pointed out that a famous ulama, Syaikh Salman Auda, had stated that celebrating birthdays is “harus”.
He said back in 2013, the late Karpal Singh wished the late Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat on his birthday.
“If it is haram, for sure, Tok Guru Nik Aziz will stop Karpal but he did not,” he added.
As for Muslim students studying in Chinese vernacular schools, Wan Ji, who is also the Penang Chief Minister’s information officer, used another example practiced by previous Muslim ulamas for generations to stress his point.
“During the Abbasiyyah dynasty, Khalifah al-Ma’mun formed the Baitul Hikmah for a non-Muslims, Ishaq Hunain, who translated Greek books to be learnt by the Muslims. As a result, many great ulama were born such as Ibn Sina, Al-Biruni, al-Khawarizmi and many more,” he said.
He said it is not true that it is haram for Muslims to study in Chinese schools.
“In fact, this contradicts what had been practised by Muslim ulama for many generations,” he said.
This is not the first time Shahul Hamid had raised controversial issues against non-Muslims.
Back in 2014, he was arrested and investigated for sedition after a video clip of him telling Muslims not to buy curry powder from Hindu companies were spread online.
There were calls for action to be taken against the preacher before he finally issued a public apology and retracted his statement.
State Islamic religious affairs committee chairman Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim said Shahul Hamid is known in Penang for his “critical and aggressive approach” in his sermons.
He reassured Penangites that there will never be “Muslims-only” hair salons in Penang and brushed off Shahul’s comments as “his right to voicing his opinion”.