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Plucking eyebrows why is it forbidden in islam

Posted 06 April 2010 - 07:48 PM (#1) User is offline   Katie2010 

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I was just wondering what is the reason that  plucking your eyebrows in islam is forbidden? Is shaping them also forbidden at all?

Please help inshallah

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 08:37 PM (#2) User is offline   Nemesis 

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hi katie 2010 i hope this helps

The Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said:

Allah has cursed those women who modify their eyebrows or ask others to do it for them (Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim).

As we can see the warning from the Prophet Sallalllahu alayhi wasallam is a very strong one. This is why great scholars like Ibn Hajar al-'Asqalani, Tabari, Nawawi, among others have actually prohibited any kind of modification to the eyebrows, even removing hair from in between linked eye-brows. Tabari has considered it to be changing the creation of Allah.

However, they have permitted the removal of hair for women from the chin and above the upper lip (if a beard or a moustache develops), since this is to avoid resembling men.

We learn from this that it is not permissible for women to remove any hair from the eyebrows for the sake of just beautifying themselves. However, it would be permissible for a women to remove the hair from above the nose (if the eyebrows have become linked) as this is considered not-normal. It may also be considered permitted to clip off one or two stray hairs from around the eyebrows or for very bushy eyebrows to be reduced to normal size and moderation. This type of concession (i.e. to remove hair for the sake of eliminating a defective appearance) can be found in the following:

Ibn 'Abidin al-Shami writes in his commentary on the al-Durr al-Mukhtar concerning the prohibition of plucking hair from the face:

It is possible that the prohibition mentioned [in the hadith] is if this is done for the sake of beautifying oneself for the sake of strangers, otherwise, if she has some hair on her face which causes abhorrence in her husband, then the prohibition of removing such hair seems to be far-fetched. This is because [self-] beautification for women is recommended for the sake of chastity.… It states in the Tabyin al-Maharim that removing facial hair is unlawful, unless a beard or moustache grows on a women, in which case it will not be unlawful to remove it, but would actually be recommended. It is related in the Tatarkhaniyya from al-Mudmarat that there is no objection in removing the hair from eyebrows and face so long as it does not cause one to resemble a effeminate. The same is mentioned in the Mujtaba (Radd al-Muhtar 5:239).

Taking the hadith and the various statements of the Hanafi jurists into consideration the following could be concluded:

1. It would be permitted for a woman to remove a beard or a moustache that appears on her face. Even though it is facial hair, but since it is to stop women from resembling men, it is permitted. This is the opinion of the majority of scholars, in fact they have said it is recommended, not just permitted. The same will be to bleach this hair instead.

2. If the eyebrows are linked in between, it would be permissible to remove the excess hair from in between to separate them [i.e. the hair above the nose]. The reason for this is that linked eyebrows are looked upon as a defect, hence it would be permissible to remove it.

3. A 'few' stray hairs around the eyebrows would be permissible to remove by clipping them off, if it looks defective, or for married women creates abhorrence in their husband. This does not mean it is permitted to remove a whole line or two of fine hair from around the eyebrows [as is the case nowadays].

4. Dense bushy eyebrows may be trimmed down to a more normal size. However, one must exercise great caution in this regard, since one does not want it to fall under the warning of the hadith. If one is not sure how to determine the normal size they should not act on the benefit of the doubt, but rather follow the more cautionary approach and trim less. What so called 'regular' [especially non-Muslim] people consider nowadays as the norm i.e. eyebrows that are shaped in particular unnatural or reduced to thin lines can not be considered as acceptable in Islamic law due to the severity of the hadith.

5. Great caution has to be exercised in this regard, since the hadith is very strict and there are some Hanafi scholars who have taken more strict position. For instance, Mullah Ali al-Qari (Allah be pleased with him) comments [relating from Imam Nawawi] that plucking of the facial hair is haram (unlawful) for a woman with the exception of moustache or beard hairs (Mirqat al-Mafatih 8:218). The concessions mentioned above are for the removal of a defective appearance and not for purely beautification purpose, hence, caution in this matters is the way.

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 11:38 PM (#3) User is offline   ira00 

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As-salamu 'alaykum. Strong post from Nemesis. The reason why the fuqaha took as strong line on this was that the excessive shaping of the eye-brows was linked to the practice of 'loose women' in the age of jahiliyya. To remove stray hair without shaping is, we hope, mubah. And Allah knows best.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:40 AM (#4) User is offline   Keefy 

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hi katie 2010 i hope this helps

The Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wasallam said:

Allah has cursed those women who modify their eyebrows or ask others to do it for them (Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim).

As we can see the warning from the Prophet Sallalllahu alayhi wasallam is a very strong one. This is why great scholars like Ibn Hajar al-'Asqalani, Tabari, Nawawi, among others have actually prohibited any kind of modification to the eyebrows, even removing hair from in between linked eye-brows. Tabari has considered it to be changing the creation of Allah.

However, they have permitted the removal of hair for women from the chin and above the upper lip (if a beard or a moustache develops), since this is to avoid resembling men.

We learn from this that it is not permissible for women to remove any hair from the eyebrows for the sake of just beautifying themselves. However, it would be permissible for a women to remove the hair from above the nose (if the eyebrows have become linked) as this is considered not-normal. It may also be considered permitted to clip off one or two stray hairs from around the eyebrows or for very bushy eyebrows to be reduced to normal size and moderation. This type of concession (i.e. to remove hair for the sake of eliminating a defective appearance) can be found in the following:

Ibn 'Abidin al-Shami writes in his commentary on the al-Durr al-Mukhtar concerning the prohibition of plucking hair from the face:

It is possible that the prohibition mentioned [in the hadith] is if this is done for the sake of beautifying oneself for the sake of strangers, otherwise, if she has some hair on her face which causes abhorrence in her husband, then the prohibition of removing such hair seems to be far-fetched. This is because [self-] beautification for women is recommended for the sake of chastity.… It states in the Tabyin al-Maharim that removing facial hair is unlawful, unless a beard or moustache grows on a women, in which case it will not be unlawful to remove it, but would actually be recommended. It is related in the Tatarkhaniyya from al-Mudmarat that there is no objection in removing the hair from eyebrows and face so long as it does not cause one to resemble a effeminate. The same is mentioned in the Mujtaba (Radd al-Muhtar 5:239).

Taking the hadith and the various statements of the Hanafi jurists into consideration the following could be concluded:

1. It would be permitted for a woman to remove a beard or a moustache that appears on her face. Even though it is facial hair, but since it is to stop women from resembling men, it is permitted. This is the opinion of the majority of scholars, in fact they have said it is recommended, not just permitted. The same will be to bleach this hair instead.

2. If the eyebrows are linked in between, it would be permissible to remove the excess hair from in between to separate them [i.e. the hair above the nose]. The reason for this is that linked eyebrows are looked upon as a defect, hence it would be permissible to remove it.

3. A 'few' stray hairs around the eyebrows would be permissible to remove by clipping them off, if it looks defective, or for married women creates abhorrence in their husband. This does not mean it is permitted to remove a whole line or two of fine hair from around the eyebrows [as is the case nowadays].

4. Dense bushy eyebrows may be trimmed down to a more normal size. However, one must exercise great caution in this regard, since one does not want it to fall under the warning of the hadith. If one is not sure how to determine the normal size they should not act on the benefit of the doubt, but rather follow the more cautionary approach and trim less. What so called 'regular' [especially non-Muslim] people consider nowadays as the norm i.e. eyebrows that are shaped in particular unnatural or reduced to thin lines can not be considered as acceptable in Islamic law due to the severity of the hadith.

5. Great caution has to be exercised in this regard, since the hadith is very strict and there are some Hanafi scholars who have taken more strict position. For instance, Mullah Ali al-Qari (Allah be pleased with him) comments [relating from Imam Nawawi] that plucking of the facial hair is haram (unlawful) for a woman with the exception of moustache or beard hairs (Mirqat al-Mafatih 8:218). The concessions mentioned above are for the removal of a defective appearance and not for purely beautification purpose, hence, caution in this matters is the way.

And Allah knows best


what about 'sharpening the teeth for beautification' what exactly does that mean, does it include wearing braces to straighten the teeth?


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Posted 07 April 2010 - 08:43 AM (#5) User is offline   ira00 

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Actually, it is splitting, or separating, the teeth: the front teeth were often separated to produce a gap among the pre-Islamic Arab females. It was considered a beautification, just like foot-binding in ancient China. Islam forbade all modification of the body, whatever the culture, age or trend. God created the body perfect and, as a rule, it should only be altered with a valid Shar'i reason.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:29 PM (#6) User is offline   Katie2010 

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Alhamduillah thank you for your answer, it was a great answer.

Thank you and may allah bless you

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:31 PM (#7) User is offline   arabspyder 

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I think braces are allowed because you dont do only put them on for beuty, You mainly use them for a medical related issue with your teeth which could cause further problems later on if not fixed.  I used to have braces and non of the muftis and ulema said anything to me at the masjid for 2 years.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:40 PM (#8) User is offline   Muhsin786 

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The point that needs to be stressed is:

Is plucking of the eyebrows morally wrong?

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 07:48 PM (#9) User is offline   ira00 

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As-salamu 'alaykum. Yes, braces are corrective and allowed, as they rectify an anomaly. As for being morally wrong--this is the entire point of the Ahl al-Sunnah, as opposed to the Mutazilite and other sects, that morality exists by virtue of divine revelation and prophetic guidance only. Whatever Allah and his Messenger (alayhi salawatullahi wa salamuhu) commands that is by definition moral and whatever they forbid is by definition immoral.
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Posted 07 April 2010 - 08:33 PM (#10) User is offline   Nemesis 

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what about 'sharpening the teeth for beautification' what exactly does that mean, does it include wearing braces to straighten the teeth?


As-salamu 'alaykum Keefy

It is not permissible to make changes to the human body for the sake of beautification, having the teeth cut for this reason is therefore unlawful.

Abdullah ibn Mas'ud relates that the Messenger of Allah (upon him be peace) prohibited the washirah (Fath al-Bari from Ahmad and Nasa'i). Washirah is the one who cuts or shortens the teeth. See also Radd al-Muhtar 5:239

As for the use of braces to straighten out crooked or unaligned teeth it is permissible (even if there is an accompanying intention for beautification), otherwise it is to be avoided.

To conclude: any changes made to the body, by the removal of something or addition of something, in a way that it is permanent and giving an impression that it is part of the original creation, is considered changing (the creation of Allah) and is prohibited. As for the adornment a women adopts for the sake of her husband, like reddening the hands [with henna], the lips, or cheeks [with makeup, etc.], which does not create a confusion with the real creation, it will not come under the prohibition according to the overwhelming majority (jamhur) of scholars. As for removing a sixth finger it will not be considered changing the creation of Allah since it is eliminating a defect or sickness, hence, the majority of scholars have permitted it with the exception of just a few

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 10:34 AM (#11) User is offline   Husayni 

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Please have a look at the following..

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