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    Plucking the Eyebrows

    Question:

    Some women go to beauticians who style their eyebrows by shaving or trimming their edges. What is the ruling on this?

    Answer:

    Praise be to Allaah.

    Shaping the eyebrows by trimming, shaving or plucking their edges in order to appear beautiful, as is done by some women nowadays, is haraam because it involves changing the creation of Allaah and following the Shaytaan in his tempting of mankind to change the creation of Allaah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “Verily! Allaah forgives not (the sin of) setting up partners in worship with Him, but He forgives whom He pleases sins other than that, and whoever sets up partners in worship with Allaah, has indeed strayed far away.

    They (all those who worship others than Allaah) invoke nothing but female deities besides Him, and they invoke nothing but Shaytaan, a persistent rebel!

    Allaah cursed him. And he [Shaytaan] said: ‘I will take an appointed portion of Your slaves;

    Verily, I will mislead them, and surely, I will arouse in them false desires; and certainly, I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allaah.’ And whoever takes Shaytaan as a wali (protector or helper) instead of Allaah, has surely suffered a manifest loss.”

    [Al-Nisa’ 4:116-119]

    In al-Saheeh, it was reported that Ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “Allaah has cursed the women who do tattoos and those who have this done, the women who pluck eyebrows and those who have this done, and the women who file their teeth and change the creation of Allaah.” Then he said: “Should I not curse those whom the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed, when it says in the Qur’aan (interpretation of the meaning): ‘… And whatsoever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatever he forbids you, abstain (from it)…’ [al-Hashr 59:7]”

    Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/179 (www.islam-qa.com)


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    "Labaik, Allahumma Labaik, Labaik La Sharika Laka Labaik, Innal Hamda Wa N'amata Laka Wal Mulk, La Sharika Lak." "Here I am at your service, O Allah, here I am. Here I am at your service and no partners do you have. Verily All Praise and All Bounty belong to you, and Yours alone is The Sovereignty. No partners do you have."
    22.1 . O mankind! Fear your Lord . Lo! the earthquake of the Hour ( of Doom ) is a tremendous thing .

    #2
    Originally posted by Hinna:

    Shaping the eyebrows by trimming, shaving or plucking their edges in order to appear beautiful, as is done by some women nowadays, is haraam because it involves changing the creation of Allaah and following the Shaytaan in his tempting of mankind to change the creation of Allaah.
    Hinna

    In my opinion, this is not correct. There is nothing wrong with women removing facial hairs.

    The hadith which you have quoted allegedly acts as contrary evidence. The full text of the hadith is as follows:
    • "`Abdullah Ibn Mas`ud has reported: Allah curses those ladies who practice tattooing and those who get themselves tattooed, and those ladies who remove the hair from their eyebrows and faces and those who make artificial spaces between their teeth in order to look more beautiful whereby they change Allah's creation. His saying reached a lady from Bani Asad called Ummi Yaqub who came (to `Abdullah) and said: I have come to know that you have cursed such-and-such (ladies)? He replied: Why should I not curse these whom Allah's Apostle has cursed and who are (cursed) in Allah's Book! Ummi Yaqub said: I have read the whole Qur'an, but I did not find in it what you say. He said: Verily, if you have read it (i.e. the Qur'an), you have found it. Didn't you read: And whatsoever the Apostle gives you take it and whatsoever he forbids you, you abstain (from it). (59.7) She replied: Yes, I did. He said: Verily, Allah's Apostle forbade such things. She said: But I see your wife doing these things? He said: Go and watch her. She went and watched her but could not see anything in support of her statement. On that he said: If my wife was as you thought, I would not keep her in my company." (Bukhari, Kitabu'l Libas)

    The opinion expressed in most quarters is that the word plucking/removing is used and with special reference to face; therefore any form of removal of hair from face is cursed according to this hadith.

    However, in my opinion, one must always keep in consideration two fundamental principles while studying and interpreting Ahadith:
    • Firstly, to determine, as far as possible, the context and the background, all Ahadith on a particular subject should be collected and then analyzed as to ascertain the overall picture which emerges.
    • Secondly, they must be related to the Qur'an and Sunnah. This means that they must have a base in these two primary sources of Islam. They cannot and must not be taken independently.

    Applying these principles to the hadith you have referred to shows that there were a number of practices (only some of which have been mentioned in this hadith) which the Arab ladies used to undertake which entirely changed their natural physical appearance and some of which actually gave a false impression of their outward looks.

    Almost all the major books of hadith mention the various texts in which these practices have been is narrated. The initial part of the hadith you have alluded to "... whereby change Allah's creation" itself suggests the relationship of this hadith with the Qur'an. Verse 31 of Surah Rum, reads thus:
    • "Follow the nature upon which Allah has created mankind. It is not proper to change this nature." (31:31)

    It is in accordance with this principle mentioned in the Qur'an that the Prophet (sws) forbade a number of such practices. In other words, the nature - physical as well as spiritual - of a human being must be preserved in the shape Allah has created. Consequently, anything which may become a means of changing or modifying this nature is undesirable. However, a fine distinction exists between beautification to quench one's aesthetic sense and alteration, the former being a permissible thing.

    These Ahadith also mention a practice called "Tannamus" which means removing the hair which extends on to the forehead in a particular style. This again was forbidden by the Prophet (sws). The hadith you have mentioned contains this word; however it has been erroneously translated as `to remove hair from the face'.

    In the light of this analysis, it is evident that removing hair from the face is something which the Prophet (sws) never did forbid. Therefore as far as the plucking of eyebrows for the sake of shaping them is concerned, because the Shari`ah does not prohibit such an act, therefore, no one has the authority to consider it Haraam. In all such cases, two guiding principles should be kept in mind while making an opinion regarding the allowance or prohibition of a particular act. Firstly, such an act should not be against the natural make up of the human body. For instance, a person should not shave off her eyebrows or her head. Secondly, the purpose of such an act should not be against the value of Hayaa.

    I hope this helps.

    The Learner

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    They shoot partypoopers, don't they?

    [This message has been edited by Mr Partypooper (edited June 23, 2001).]

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      #3
      PP..I've read a hadeeth that states the Prophet saw condemed women from plucking their eyebrows. I can't seem to find it right now. In the mean time I have posted some questions that people have asked the Imam at www.islam.org

      I've also sent an e-mail to the office of the Mufti in Egypt. Inshallah I'll get a reply soon and I'll post it up here.

      Topic :
      Plucking of hair of eyebrows
      Question:
      I heard from a friend that plucking of hair of eyebrows or facial hair is not allowed in Islam. May I ask whether it is prohibited or discouraged?

      Answer:
      Thinning eyebrows or changing their shape is forbidden in Islam. The Prophet has cursed the woman who does it to other women and the one who requests such an action. The prohibition is emphasized if such an action is the practice of women who indulge in indecent conduct. However, plucking of facial hair by a woman is permissible, particularly if the hair so plucked is considered unsightly. It may be useful to point out another unacceptable practice


      Topic :
      Women: Facial Hair
      Question:
      Is it permissable for women to remove the unwanted hair from thier faces without their husband's permission, or if they are not married?

      Answer:
      Dear Sr. H. As-salaamu alaykum. Yes, it is permissible for a woman (married or un-married) to remove facial hair and any hair in her body, especially if the hair is growing in unusual areas such as on her chin or in the area above her lips. If she wants to do this for her husband too then it is also permissible. However, Islamic law has a special guideline for eyebrows which is that Muslim women can remove the excess hair that is sticking out around their eyebrows. But they are prohibited from thinning their normal looking eyebrows or completely removing them. Thank you for asking and God knows best.


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      "Labaik, Allahumma Labaik, Labaik La Sharika Laka Labaik, Innal Hamda Wa N'amata Laka Wal Mulk, La Sharika Lak." "Here I am at your service, O Allah, here I am. Here I am at your service and no partners do you have. Verily All Praise and All Bounty belong to you, and Yours alone is The Sovereignty. No partners do you have."
      22.1 . O mankind! Fear your Lord . Lo! the earthquake of the Hour ( of Doom ) is a tremendous thing .

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        #4
        How does plucking the Eyebrows is consider changing Allah's creation? We are not cloning a sheep are we? I have heard that removing excessive facial hair (women) is sunnaht of the prophet. I thought we as the Muslim was suppose to look beautiful for our husband?? And you know what, I have seen some women with bushy eyebrows. Even seen one woman whose eyebrows are combined on her forehead. It is not pretty sight.

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          #5
          A hadith that I've read (in Bukhari) states taht the Prophet has given "lanaa't" upon women taht 'pluck hair'.

          There is an exception for those women who appear to have a masculine look because of their facial hair.


          Hinna, if you can post it, please do, otherwise, I'll give it a try.

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            #6
            Why would God, be against making yourself look nice?

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              #7
              Originally posted by ensOmniak:
              Why would God, be against making yourself look nice?
              Good question!


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                #8
                do u women know shaving the legs and all that stuff is a sin aswell?????????

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                'Hate your enemy mildly; he may become your friend one day' - Hadith
                'as for those who are slain in the cause of allah, he will not allow their work to perish ... he will admit them to the paradise he has made known to them' - Surah 47:7

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                  #9
                  x-commie..sis I'm working on that.

                  Ens...Allah swt knows best. He has only given us, His servants, limited knowledge. I don't think anyone of us has the ability to answer that question. Perhaps you should ask a scholar that question.

                  Waleed. I have not found anything that states removing body hair is haraam. what have you been reading??

                  At ask-imam.com the following questions were asked:
                  Is it permissible for women to remove hair on the legs and arms? (hair which is not pubic hair).

                  Answer 3155 June 09, 2001

                  It is permissible for a female to remove the hair from her legs and arms.

                  and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

                  Mufti Ebrahim Desai
                  FATWA DEPT.

                  Is it permissible for a man to remove hair form body parts other than the pubic hair? ie from the chest, back , legs and in the joints of buttocks? Clipping of nails.


                  Answer 2437 March 31, 2001

                  The following is an extract from Bahisti Zewar, which answers your question.

                  Rules concerning hair

                  1. It is sunnah to grow one's hair on the entire head till the ear lobes or
                  slightly below them. If a person wishes to shave his head, it is sunnah to
                  shave the entire head. It is also permissible to merely clip the hair.
                  However, it is not permissible to clip all the hair and leave the front
                  portion long, as is the fashion today. Similarly, it is also not permissible
                  to shave a portion and leave another portion long. From this we deduce that
                  it is not permissible to sport the babri hairstyle (or to cut the hair in
                  the shape of a cap or to shape the front part of the hair).
                  2. If the hair has been lengthened considerably, it is not permissible to
                  tie it into a tail like women.
                  3. It is harâm for women to shave the head or clip the hair on the head. The
                  Hadith has cursed such women.
                  4. It is sunnah to clip the moustache to such an extent that it is clipped
                  to the skin. There is a difference of opinion with regard to shaving the
                  moustache. According to some it is a bid'ah, while others have permitted it.
                  Caution demands that one does not shave it.
                  5. It is permissible to lengthen the moustache on the sides on the condition
                  that the area above the lips is not lengthened.
                  6. It is harâm to shave or clip the beard. However, it is permissible to
                  clip it if it is longer than the length of one fist. Similarly, it is
                  permissible to clip it on all the sides in such a way that it becomes neat
                  and straight (provided it is beyond one fist).
                  7. It is permissible to clip the hair and straighten the hair line that
                  grows on the cheeks. Similarly, it is also permissible to straighten and cut
                  the eyebrows a wee bit.
                  8. The hair on the throat should not be shaven. However, it has been related
                  from Abű Yűsuf rahmatullâhi 'alayh that there is no harm in this.
                  9. Shaving the hair of the lower lip is regarded as a bid'ah by the jurists.
                  Therefore this should not be done. Similarly, they have said that it is
                  makruh to remove the hair that is on the nape of the neck.

                  10. It is not permissible to pluck out grey hairs merely for the purposes of
                  beautification. However, it is better for the mujâhidîn to do so in order to
                  instil fear and awe in the hearts of the enemy.
                  11. The hair of the nose should not be tweezed out. Instead, it can be
                  clipped.
                  12. It is permissible to remove the hair that is on the chest and back.
                  However, it is not good to do so.
                  13. It is preferable for men to remove the hair of the pubic region from
                  just below the navel onwards. When shaving, they should commence from below
                  the navel. It is also permissible to use sulphurate of arsenic and other
                  preparations (such as hair-removing creams, etc.) to remove the hair of the
                  pubic region. As for women, the sunnah method is that they should remove the
                  hair of the pubic region by pinching it out or tweezing it out and that they
                  should not use a shaving machine.
                  14. It is preferable to remove the hair of the arm pits by tweezing them.
                  However, it is permissible to shave them.
                  15. As for the hair of the balance of the body, it is permissible to shave
                  it or retain it.
                  16. It is also sunnah to clip the nails of the feet. However, it is mustahab
                  for the person who is engaged in jihad not to clip his moustache and nails.
                  17. It is preferable to clip the finger nails in the following order:
                  commence with the index finger of the right hand until you reach the little
                  finger. Thereafter, commence with the little finger of the left hand until
                  you reach the thumb of the left hand. Thereafter, complete by clipping the
                  thumb of the right hand. As for the toe nails, commence with the little toe
                  of the right foot and end with the little toe of the left foot. This is the
                  preferable method. However, it is permissible to clip in any way that may be
                  contrary to this method.
                  18. Clipped nails and hair should be buried. If they are not buried, they
                  should at least be kept in a safe place. However, they should not be kept in
                  any impure, dirty place as there is the fear of falling ill.
                  19. It is not good to bite the finger nails as this is a cause of leprosy.
                  20. It is makruh to trim the hair, clip the nails and remove pubic hair
                  while one is in a state of impurity.

                  21. It is preferable to remove the pubic hair, hair of the arm-pits, nails,
                  to have a bath and cleanse oneself at least once a weak. It is best to do
                  all this on a Friday before going for the jumu'ah salât. If one cannot do
                  this on a weekly basis, he should carry it out every fortnight. If not, at
                  least every forty days. There is no concession beyond forty days. If forty
                  days expire and the person does not carry out the above, he will be
                  committing a sin.

                  and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

                  Mufti Ebrahim Desai
                  FATWA DEPT.


                  1. To remove the unwanted hair, pubic as well as armpit is the Sunnah of the
                  Prophets (Mishkaat). Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) advised to
                  remove the unwanted hair at least once a week preferably on Friday. (Ibid)It
                  is Makrooh (reprehensible) to leave the unwanted hair for more than fort
                  days.
                  2. Ref. Below
                  3. It is permissible to remove the hair from the chest and legs.

                  And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best

                  Was salaam

                  Mufti Ebrahim Desai
                  FATWA DEPT.

                  The area immediately under the navel is not to be shaven.
                  The area of shaving for a person (male / female) is above and around the
                  private parts. If possible, it is commendable to shave around the hind
                  private parts as well. (Al-Kaamil, commentary of Muslim; Imaam Nawawi vol. 1
                  pg. 128).




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                  "Labaik, Allahumma Labaik, Labaik La Sharika Laka Labaik, Innal Hamda Wa N'amata Laka Wal Mulk, La Sharika Lak." "Here I am at your service, O Allah, here I am. Here I am at your service and no partners do you have. Verily All Praise and All Bounty belong to you, and Yours alone is The Sovereignty. No partners do you have."
                  22.1 . O mankind! Fear your Lord . Lo! the earthquake of the Hour ( of Doom ) is a tremendous thing .

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                    #10
                    Women Removing Hairs

                    Removing pubic and underarm hairs is Sunnah. It is best to pluck the armpit hairs and shave the pubic hairs. But, there is no harm if they are removed by different means. There is no harm in the woman removing her leg and arm hairs. Removing eyebrow hairs at the request of the husband is not allowed. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) cursed the one who does the removing and the one who has it done. This is in reference to the one who has eyebrow hairs removed. - Shaikh ibn Baz (ra)

                    Narrated Aisha (RA):

                    "The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: 'Ten are the acts according to fitrah: clipping the moustache,letting the beard grow, using the tooth-stick, snuffing up water in the nose, cutting the nails, washing the finger joints, plucking the hair under the armpits, shaving the pubes, and cleaning one's private parts with water.' The narrator said: 'I have forgotten the tenth, but it may have been rinsing the mouth.'" (Sahih Muslim)

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                    Removing the Uncommon Hairs From Face
                    Is it allowed for a woman to remove or lighten the hairs of her eyebrows if they appear in a disfigured manner?

                    This question has two aspects to it. The first is if that is done by plucking out those hairs. That is forbidden. Indeed, it is a great sin. It is an act whose performer the Prophet (SAW) cursed. Second is to have the hair trimmed or clipped. On this point there is a difference of opinion among the scholars. Is this also a kind of removing the eyebrows or not? It is best to avoid that act and for the woman not to do it. As for the hair that is uncommon or unusual for women to have, such as what grows on part of the face wherein women usually do not have hair growth, such as a woman having a mustache or cheek hair growth, there is no harm in removing that kind of hair. This is because it goes against what is normal and is a kind of disfigurement of the woman. As for eyebrows, it is normal for them to be either very thin or very thick and wide. Both of these are normal. If something is normal, it should be opposed because the people will not view it as a blemish. In fact, they may consider its non-existence or its existence as a thing of beauty. Therefore, it is not a type of blemish that calls for removal. - Shaikh ibn Uthaimin (ra)


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                    "Labaik, Allahumma Labaik, Labaik La Sharika Laka Labaik, Innal Hamda Wa N'amata Laka Wal Mulk, La Sharika Lak." "Here I am at your service, O Allah, here I am. Here I am at your service and no partners do you have. Verily All Praise and All Bounty belong to you, and Yours alone is The Sovereignty. No partners do you have."
                    22.1 . O mankind! Fear your Lord . Lo! the earthquake of the Hour ( of Doom ) is a tremendous thing .

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                      #11
                      well i guess i was rong then, i heard it was rong form some one

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                      'Hate your enemy mildly; he may become your friend one day' - Hadith
                      'as for those who are slain in the cause of allah, he will not allow their work to perish ... he will admit them to the paradise he has made known to them' - Surah 47:7

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                        #12
                        waleed...its okay..it happens to the best of us.

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                        "Labaik, Allahumma Labaik, Labaik La Sharika Laka Labaik, Innal Hamda Wa N'amata Laka Wal Mulk, La Sharika Lak." "Here I am at your service, O Allah, here I am. Here I am at your service and no partners do you have. Verily All Praise and All Bounty belong to you, and Yours alone is The Sovereignty. No partners do you have."
                        22.1 . O mankind! Fear your Lord . Lo! the earthquake of the Hour ( of Doom ) is a tremendous thing .

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                          #13
                          [QUOTE]Originally posted by Hinna:
                          [b]Women Removing Hairs

                          The Messenger of Allah (SAW) cursed the one who does the removing and the one who has it done. This is in reference to the one who has eyebrow hairs removed. - Shaikh ibn Baz (ra)

                          I dont understand why, a person would be cursed for doing this. I mean if its okay to remove other parts of the body, why is this so, I guess..evil?? It says "eyebrow hairs removed" does that mean completely removed, like a thrash head, or partially, so just to make'em look better?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Hinna:
                            waleed...its okay..it happens to the best of us.

                            thanx hinna now i dont fell so stupid

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                              #15
                              ens...I'm not a scholar...I think you should ask a scholar that question.

                              waleed
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                              "Labaik, Allahumma Labaik, Labaik La Sharika Laka Labaik, Innal Hamda Wa N'amata Laka Wal Mulk, La Sharika Lak." "Here I am at your service, O Allah, here I am. Here I am at your service and no partners do you have. Verily All Praise and All Bounty belong to you, and Yours alone is The Sovereignty. No partners do you have."


                              [This message has been edited by Hinna (edited June 24, 2001).]
                              22.1 . O mankind! Fear your Lord . Lo! the earthquake of the Hour ( of Doom ) is a tremendous thing .

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