Is trimming or shaping of the eyebrows for females allowed?
Salaam. Mufti saheb is trimming or shaping of the eyebrows for females allowed? جزاكم الله خيرا
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem.
Alhamdulillaahi was salaatu was salaamu `alaa Rasoolillaahi wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi wa man waalaahu, wa ba`d:
Wa `alaykumus salaam.
Plucking, trimming and shaping of the eyebrows have been expressly prohibited by Rasoolullaah Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam.
Hadhrat `Abdullaah Ibn Mas`ood Radhiallaahu `Anhu said: “I heard Rasoolullaah Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam curse those women who pluck their eyebrows, those who make gaps between their teeth (for the sake of beautification) and those who get tattooed, (because) they are those that change the creation of Allaah `Azza Wa Jall.” – Sunan An-Nasaa’ee. [i]
Imaam Ibn Nujaym Al-Misri Rahimahullaah says in Al-Bahrur Raa’iq Sharh Kanzud Daqaa’iq:
“In a Hadeeth he (Sallallaahu `Alayhi Wa Sallam) cursed An-Naamisah and Al-Mutanammisah, An-Naamisah is that woman who trims the eyebrow in order to beautify it, and Al-Mutanammisah is the woman who has it done to her.” [ii]
Permission has only been granted if the eyebrows become deformed to the extent that her husband is repelled by her appearance, in that case it will be permissible to trim it to its normal density, but it will not be permissible to simply trim and shape it without a valid need.
Imaam Ibn `Aabideen Rahimahullaah says in Raddul Muhtaar:
“If there is some hair on her face that repels her husband because of it, then it will be farfetched to say it is forbidden to remove it, because adornment of women is sought after for the sake of beauty, but this (ruling of prohibition) will be applied in cases where it (removing hair) is not a necessity.” [iii]
And Allaah knows best.
Ubaidullah Ibn Adam Aal-Ebrahim.
Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Rashid Ahmed Moosagie.
Tuesday 8th Rabee` Al-Aakhir 1434 – 19th February 2013.