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Maybe when you get older, inshallah. Allah is with the patient! 

Bismihi ta'ala

This view of the Prophet (s.a.w.) having "long" hair is not absolutely unanimously agreed upon. There are views that the hair should not be longer than the level of the earlobe. 

For argument sake, if we were to confirm the view that the Prophet (s.a.w.) or members of the Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) had long hair, then do we have any narrations where the Ma'sumeen have said it is recommended for other?

Did the Prophet (s.a.w.) call it a sunnah, and encourage others to grow their hair? Has it become a common practice among religious men, throughout history, to grow their hair long?

The answer to these questions is all NO. 

The view of our esteemed jurists, like Ayatullah al-Udhma Seyid Sistani says that if growing your hair equates to having resemblance of women, then it is haram. 

Once case is you yourself want to look like a female, by growing your hair, which is haram. Another case is the society and community you are a part of sees long hair only being for women, in which case you must not go against the 'urf.

If you are also being censured and discouraged by your elders and your teachers, then by no means should you be disobeying them. We must always remember to respect our elders and our teachers who are encouraging us to do good things and right things, even though we might have a different perspective. 

A mu'min must present himself in public in the best way possible, with signs of Iman and Taqwa resonating from his appearance and how he conducts himself. This is more important than fashion or hair or anything else. 

On the other side, if, in the case that there is no resemblance of a female, and the 'urf around you see it to be absolutely fine, and your parents/elders/teachers also see it to be fine, then yes, you can grow your hair.

We also know that taking care of your hair is a sunnah, by combing it, oiling it, cleaning it, etc.  

And Allah knows best.

as salam alaikum

Some Sunni schools put emphasis on classifying the ritual prayers in Fard, Sunnah and Nafl. Accordingly, a Fard prayer is a mandatory prayer that Allah has prescribed on His servants (like the five daily prayers). A Sunnah prayer is complementary to the Fard prayer and it is the one that the believer should not miss without justification; however if there is a particular justification, it can be missed. A Nafl prayer is a optional prayer whose performance bring particular blessings but it is not compulsory in any case.

In the Shi'i world all supererogatory prayers are usually called "Nawafil" (plural of "Nafl"). There are ahadith in some Shi'i books, like "Tahdhib al-Ahkam" by Shaykh Tusi, from which we can derive the preference of some Nawafil more than others. 

With prayers for your success.


Thank you for your question. If your premise was that only reported actions of the Prophet (saw) are allowed, no matter what society or context, and that everything else is forbidden, then travelling by plane would not be allowed as planes were not invented at the time of the Prophet (saw) and since he (saw) didn't travel on one, travelling on one is not allowed.

However, if your premise in following the sunnah is that all actions are allowed, except for those forbidden by the Prophet (saw), and that the rest of his (saw) actions either preferable or obligatory (that distinction being decipherable through certain means), then that would not necessitate travelling on a plane being impermissible.

Most scholars and believers work on the second type of premise and others like it rather than the first, and that is why travelling by plane (anywhere) is allowed by the vast majority.

May you always be successful.