Fiction / Under 450 words

A Haircut


pepper & saltIt was time for a haircut. Luqman didn’t even have to look in the mirror. Even though he was going bald, he knew that he needed to cut his hair every two weeks.

He had a “tongue” of hair on the top of his head. His hair was thinning at the crown. He still had plenty of hair on the sides and back. It was what they call “salt and pepper,” a mixture of gray hair and dark brown 1

It was only a few years, he figured, until the salt and pepper became just salt. Should he start plucking the white hair? It made him look older. He suddenly remembered a hadith.

“The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) forbade plucking out white hairs and said: ‘It is the light of the believer.’” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

Plucking white hair from one’s head is forbidden. Old age is a cause of honour for a believer – that they grew old in the service of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

It is also a good reminder to one of his/her fleeting stay in this world; the fact that their time is coming to an end sooner rather than later.

The white hair of a believer will be Noor (light) for him/her on the Day of Judgement; a much needed commodity that Day. Noor will allow us to see on the Day when it is pitch dark and none except those with light can cross over the bridge spanning Hell. White hair should thus be cherished.

Luqman thus decided against plucking his white hair. He looked at his hair again. It looked quite untidy. He  never let his hair grow for more than two weeks. The longer it got, the worse it looked, he thought.

Hair_clippersHe spread a newspaper over the bathroom sink so that no hair went down the drain. He plugged in the clippers and started cutting his hair. He started at the back of his head, went to the sides, and finished on the top. Every minute or so, he had to clean the hair out of the blades with an old toothbrush.

Finished, he picked up a hand mirror to check out the back of his head. Everything looked okay. He carried the newspaper back out to the kitchen and shook the hair clippings into the rubbish bin.

Then Luqman took a shower. He felt happy and although his hair was still sprinkled with white hair, it is now much more neat and tidy. Alhamdulillaah.





The End


Edited :31st March 2013

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