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Is it permitted for women to pluck their eyebrows, to remove hairs on their face and between and around their eyebrows?


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A Brief Description of the Question: 
Can women pluck their eyebrows?
The Answer: 

Allah created each person with a separate beauty. The beauty in which the seal of oneness is read on the face of human beings is the beauty that is inherent and natural. It is a sign of being a slave of Allah to keep it, to thank Allah for the characteristics and beauty he owns and be content with what Allah has granted.
Therefore a person should not make any changes in his/her body if it is not something vital or obligatory. Our Prophet (PBUH), who prohibited to make changes in the human body without any real necessity, said Allah had cursed “those women who tattooed and who have themselves tattooed, those who pluck hair from their faces and those who make spaces between their teeth for beautification” for changing what Allah has created and warned them.(1)
By acting upon this hadith the fiqh ulama said it is permissible for a woman on whose face a beard or mustache grows to remove them; however it is not permissible for a woman to make her eyebrows thin, to put them out of their natural state, to arrange the eyelashes, to use false eyelashes. Teeth, eyebrows and eyelashes are like organs. There is no drawback in removing the hairs by a woman on her face that grow later and that were not present in the beginning because they are not like eyebrows or eyelashes. Similarly, there is no drawback for women to remove the hairs on their legs. For they are not counted as an organ like eyebrows.

In the books of fiqh (Islamic Law) we see the following principle:

-The hairs on the face which make women look ugly, are removed. If such hairs as beard and mustache, which are peculiar to men, grow on women's faces, it is permissible to remove them.

“Ibn-i Abidin stated that beard and mustache were not of the creation (fitrat) of women (not natural for them), therefore (if they grow) it is good (mustahab) to remove them

Shaving is not the best way of removing those hairs, but the best way is through such medical methods as epilating wax, powder, or the like.” ( Kadın İlmihali, Mürşide Uysal, p. 370) 

As is understood, it is good (mustahab) for a religious woman to make herself attractive to her husband. There is also the wisdom of protecting her husband from other women's attraction.  
As for the hairs between or around the eyebrows: 
“There is a normal form of female eyebrow. The extra hairs which exceed this form, and which seem ugly and make the woman look ugly and therefore disturb her, can be removed. It is not regarded permissible to make normal eyebrows thinner by following the fashion, or to change their position...” (Prof. Dr. Hayreddin Karaman) Islamic scholars have thought for a long time about what the religious decree is for women's plucking the hairs on their faces, making their eyebrows thinner, and making their eyelashes longer. It has been a matter of much discussion among Islamic scholars what deeds the expression in the following hadith of the Prophet includes: “May Allah damn the woman who plucks her facial hairs and who has them plucked.” (Bukhari, 'Libas', 84; Muslim, 'Libas', 120). 
According to the majority of scholars, if such hairs as beard and mustache, which are not peculiar to women, grow on her face, it is permissible for a woman, with the intention of looking beautiful to her husband and with his permission, to remove them, to make up in order to be more beautiful, to remove the scattered hairs around her eyebrows (around and between the eyebrows); and the prohibition in the hadith is about women's plucking her facial hairs and her eyebrows in order to go out and to be seen more beautiful to the strangers. 
The Malikis (one of the rightful sects in Islam) and some scholars, though, view it as changing the creation and therefore do not see it in any way as permissible or they see it as ominable (makrooh). 
As a result, it is more appropriate to understand the prohibition in the hadith of plucking hairs as prohibition of removing hairs of eyebrows in order to make them thinner and change their place with the intention of looking more beautiful to others; rather than removing facial hairs (beard, mustache hairs) which grow later as a result of an illness or any other malady and which make a woman's face look ugly. 
It is a requisite of belief in Allah that humans should respect the blessing of the body which Allah has given them as trusts, and that they should reciprocate His blessings by offering thanks. It is an expression of the love that a Muslim woman feels for Allah that she protects the beauty Allah has given to her face without distorting it and thus respects His work of art, and adds beauty to her beauty by reflecting the gleams of peace of spirit and of heart onto her face.  

Dr. Jale Şimşek

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27-08-2009 09:27:50

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