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Topic #22: Ruling regarding removing body hair in Islam. Hair removal in Islam for female or male.


Ruling regarding removing body hair in Islam. Hair removal in Islam for female or male.

Ruling regarding removing body hair in Islam. Hair removal in Islam for female or male. [islam mein baal katna]


With regard to removing hair or not removing it, the scholars divide hair into three categories:


1) Hair which we are commanded to remove or shorten. This is known as Sunan al-Fitrah, such as removing the pubic hairs, trimming the moustache and plucking the armpit hairs. That also includes shaving or cutting the hair of the head during Hajj or ‘Umrah.


2) Hair which we are forbidden to remove, which includes the eyebrows. The action of removing the hair of the eyebrows is called al-namas.


The evidence for that is the hadeeth of ‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ood who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say:

“Allah has cursed the woman who does tattoos and the one who has them done, the woman who plucks eyebrows (al-naamisah) and the one who has it done (al-mutanammisah), and the one who files her teeth for the purpose of beauty, altering the creation of Allah.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5931; Muslim, 2125)

The naamisah is the woman who removes hair from the face and the mutanammisah is the one who asks to have that done. This action is haram (forbidden), unless a woman develops a beard or moustache, in which case it is not haram to remove it, rather that is mustahabb.


3) Hair concerning which the texts are silent and do not say whether it is to be removed or left as it is, such as hair on the legs, hands, cheeks or forehead.


Some says it is not allowed as it would be equal to changing what Allah has created.


Some says (most scholars) that this is one of the things concerning which nothing was said, so the ruling is that it is allowed. It is permissible to leave it or to remove it, because whatever is not forbidden in the Qur’an or Sunnah is permissible.


It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah:

There is no sin on a woman if she removes hair on her upper lip, thighs, calves and arms. This is not part of the tanammus (plucking) that is forbidden. (5/194,195)

And Allah knows best!

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