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Question By : nilofer

Q:can women do waxing or bleaching or can we shape eye brows is it a sin r we pemitted to do it?


Reply By : Muhammad Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah, All Gracious, All Merciful
Assalamo Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu
Dear Sister in Islam,

The answer to your question is as follows:

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta¡¯ala has created human beings in the best of moulds and given desirous nature of adorning and beautifying themselves. Therefore, Islam acknowledges this nature and encourages believers on cleanliness, adornment and beautification, on one hand, it prohibits Muslims to disfigure their images or cross the limit of moderation, on the other hand. Islam pays great emphasis on observing moderation in every sphere of life.

Islam also takes notice of the desire of a husband to see his wife beautiful and adorned. Thus, it encourages a wife to beautify herself within the limit laid by Shariah, in order to please her husband. That¡¯s why it becomes Wajib for the wife to remove her unnecessary hair when her husband asked her to do so. Therefore, if a husband asks his wife to remove the hair of her body it would be permissible for her to follow the wish of her husband in this regard, though Islamic jurists have viewed that removing hair from the chest and back of a man is against the Adab. (Alamgiri, Kitabulhazare Walibaha, Vol: 5/358)

The removal may be carried out by using the means available these days such as razor, powder, cream, wax and other means. Since the purpose is removing the hair not the means used. Therefore, it is permissible for a woman to beautify herself removing her unnecessary hair using wax in order to please her husband provided that it should not cause any potential harm to the body nor should lead to open Satr even inform of a Muslim woman.

Islam dislikes to apply makeup in order to pose oneself more beautiful than the mould Allah has created in. The Prophet of Islam (SAW) cursed a woman who uses artificial hair, even in the case of necessity. A woman asked the Prophet saying, ¡°O Allah¡¯s Apostle! My daughter got measles and her hair fell out. Now that I got her married, may I let her use false hair?¡± He said (to her), ¡°Allah has cursed the lady who lengthens hair artificially and the one who gets her hair lengthened artificially¡±. (Bukhari, Kitabullibaas, Vol: 2/879)

Islam also forbids to stand on ceremony in regard to adornment or cross the limit of moderation. The Prophet of Islam (SAWS) prohibited the practice of tattooing, removing hair from faces and creating spaces between teeth artificially. The Prophet (SAW) regarded these kind of practices as changing what Allah has created upon. Therefore, it is forbidden to use such means for beautification which cause to change the divine figure like removing the natural wrinkle on face by operation, surgery or any other means, though it is permitted to use cream, powder and other means to beautify oneself or remove unnatural and little stain from one¡¯s face in order to please one¡¯s husband not to attract the attention of Mahram, because it is not regarded as to change what Allah has created. Since it amounts to change what Allah has created. Likewise, removing or shaving eye bows is also regarded to change what Allah has created and therefore, it is also forbidden. Imam Bukhari narrates that Abdullah (Bin Mas¡¯ud) cursed those women who practiced tattooing and those who remove hair from their faces and those who created spaces between their teeth artificially to look beautiful, such ladies as changed what Allah has created. Umme Yuqba said, ¡°What is that?¡± Abdullah said, ¡°Why should I not curse those who were cursed by Allah¡¯s Apostle and are referred to in Allah¡¯s book?¡± She said to him, ¡°By Allah, I have read the whole Qur¡¯an but have not found such a thing¡±. Abdullah said, ¡°By Allah, if you had read it (carefully) you would have found it. (Allah says), And what the Apostle gives you take it and what He forbids abstain (from it). (Bukhari, Kitabullibaas, Vol: 2/879)

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