Thursday, July 17, 2014

Regarding the Women Removing Facial Hair and Hair from the Legs and Arms

Question: What is “an-nams”? And is it permissible for a woman to remove facial hair and the hair from her legs and arms if such hair causes the aversion of her husband?

Response: All praise is due to Allah alone, and may Allah send prayers and salutations upon His Messenger and his family and his companions. To proceed:


“An-nams” is the removal of the hair from the eyebrows, and this is not permissible since the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) cursed the one who removed the hair from the eyebrows as well as the one who allowed such hair to be removed. It is (however) permissible for a woman to remove facial hair as well as the hair from her legs and arms.


And with Allah lies all success and may Allah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) and his family and his companions.


The Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Fataawa


Head: Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Ibn Abdullaah Ibn Baaz;

Deputy Head: Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq ‘Afeefee; Member: Shaykh ‘Abdullaah Ibn Ghudayyaan


Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-’Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., – Volume 5, Page 195, Question 8 of Fatwa No.10896; Fataawa wa Ahkaam fee Sha’r an-Nisaa – Question 40, Page 43


Question: What is the ruling in Islam for women removing hair from their face and I mean by that the place of the moustache or is it included in (the prohibition) of plucking (the hair), if the hair is apparent or moderate is it permissible to remove it and likewise the arms and legs?


Answer by Shaykh Ibn Baaz: There is nothing wrong with the women removing the hair from her moustache, thighs, legs and arms and this is not from the plucking which has been prohibited.


Source: Fatwa 6093 from the Lajnah Daa’imah 5/194


Question: Can a woman shave her hair on her arms with razorblades?


Answer by Shaykh Ibn Baaz: It is allowed regardless of whether it is done with razorblades or other hair removals. This is concerning the arms, shins and thighs in the same way as pubic hair is removed by various hair removals.


Question: What is the ruling on removing hair from the legs and arms as it relates to a woman?


Answer by Shaykh ‘Abdul-’Azeez Bin Baaz: As for the the removal of hair of the legs and arms for a woman, then there is no objection in that, and we do not know of any harm in that.


Source: Fataawa al-Mar’ah. Lajnah tawzee’ al-Matboo’aat ad-Deeniyyah ‘alal-Hujjaaj wal-Mu’tamireen, page 205.


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


(a) 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. (Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/194, 195)


(b) The Committee was asked: What is the Islamic ruling on plucking the hair between the eyebrows?


They replied: It is permissible to pluck it, because it is not part of the eyebrows. (Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/197)


The Standing Committee was asked: What is the ruling on a woman removing hair from her body?


They replied:


It is permissible for her to do that, apart from the hair of the eyebrows and head. It is not permissible for her to remove the hair of her head or to remove any part of the eyebrows, whether by shaving or any other means.


Source: Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/194


al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:


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 haraam, unless a woman develops a beard or moustache, in which case it is not haraam to remove it, rather that is mustahabb in our view.


Source: Sharh al-Nawawi li Saheeh Muslim, 14/106


Shaykh Muhammad al-Saalih ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:


With regard to hair which is abnormal, because it grows in places where hair does not usually grow, such as a woman having a moustache or hair growing on her cheeks, there is nothing wrong with removing this, because it is abnormal and is disfiguring to the woman.


The Standing Committee was asked about women removing facial hair, and they replied as follows:


It is OK for a woman to remove hair on the upper lip, thighs, calves and arms. This is not the same as plucking (eyebrows), which is forbidden.


‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, ‘Abd al-Razzaaq ‘Afeefi, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Qa’ood


Source: Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/194, 195


The Standing Committee was also asked: What is the ruling on a woman removing hair from her body; if it is permissible, then who is allowed to do that for her?


They answered:


It is permissible for her (to remove) everything except her eyebrows and the hair on her head; it is not permissible for her to remove those, or to remove anything from the eyebrows whether by shaving or any other means. She, her husband or one of her mahrams may do that for her, with regard to the parts of the body that they are permitted to see; or another woman may do that, with regard to the parts of the body that she is permitted to see


‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz, ‘Abd al-Razzaaq ‘Afeefi, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Qa’ood


Source: Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/194


The view that it is permitted is the view favoured by the Standing Committee, and also by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. See Fataawa al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, 3/879; Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 11/q. 64.


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