Police Kano state in Nigeria has reportedly arrested a barber after a haircut he gave to a client of which they termed to be an ‘insult’ to Islam.
The barber, called Elijah is a student, was picked up by the police after two of his customers were seen with hairstyles deemed blasphemous to the Islamic religion. Photos of the hairstyles have since his arrest gone viral on social media.
He was arraigned in court on Tuesday, February 2, and later remanded.
According to the teachings of Islam, any hairstyle that entails shaving some part of the head and leaving the other unshaved is impermissible or at the least disliked and explicitly prohibited by the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace).
The teachings of Islam states that “The one who cuts his hair should make it all the same length. The one who cuts his hair on the sides of his head more than the middle comes under the heading of qaza’, which is forbidden.”
However, Elijah is not a Muslim yet this didn’t deter his arrest.