Saudi haircut story debunked: Viral video of soccer player's haircut is from years ago

Published April 10th, 2016 - 09:21 GMT
A screenshot from a video showing a Saudi Arabian soccer player getting his hair cut during a game because his hair style was deemed un-Islamic.
A screenshot from a video showing a Saudi Arabian soccer player getting his hair cut during a game because his hair style was deemed un-Islamic.

A viral video of a soccer player from Saudi Arabia getting his hair cut in the middle of a game to make it "more Islamic" is at least a few years old.

But news agencies around the world--from The Daily Mail to Agence France-Presse--ran stories suggesting the video had been filmed earlier this week. 

The video appears to be from 2012. In it, a soccer game between two Saudi Arabian teams is paused for an hour so that goalkeeper Waleed Abdullah can get his hair clipped by a referee. 

Abdullah's haircut was deemed to have violated an Islamic hadith on haircuts that display "al-Qiza," a style of haircut where part of the hair is shaved and other parts remain long. 

You can watch the video here: 

 

In a separate Saudi soccer match that took place on Saturday, three players were banned from the match because of their haircuts. The head of a youth group in Saudi Arabia asked the country's sport federations on Tuesday to ban "the Al Qiza phenomenon," according to Arriyadiyah.com.

--Hunter Stuart 


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