Hair removal

Reference: Fataawa Noor ‘alad-Darb – Volume 11, Page 7, Question No.5530

Question: Is it permissible for a young woman to remove the hair which is on her hands, because they are abnormally long and affect the woman’s beauty?

Response: If the hair on her arms or legs is abnormally a lot, then there is no harm in trimming them until they are [of a] normal [amount]. If, however, they are [of a] normal [amount] and not abnormal [in any way], then it is better to leave them [as they are]. That is because Allaah (Ta’aala) did not create them except for some wisdom, and I fear that removing [normal hair] is tantamount to changing the creation of Allaah.

[It is important to note here] that the ruling regarding hair is split into three:

1) That which has been legislated to be removed, such as removing the hair from the pubic region and the armpits, and trimming the moustache;

2) That which is prohibited to be removed, such as the beard, because shaving it off is prohibited;

3) That which no legislation exists as to the permissibility or prohibition of removing them, however, it is better to leave them [as they are], unless they are abnormal, in which case there is no harm in removing them.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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