Is it permissible for a male to shave off moustache? If not, why do I see hanafi Mufti’s and Moulana’s with no moustache, only beard?

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 Assalamualikum, I have a few questions to ask regarding moustache, engagement and salah, marriage and qur’an.

  1. Is it permissible for a male to shave off moustache? If not, why do I see hanafi Mufti’s and Moulana’s with no moustache, only beard?
  2. I have heard having a long engagement e.g over a number of years, is not permissible. What is your say on this matter?
  3. Is it permissible to close ones eyes in salah? I find it easier to concentrate because there are less distractions.

  4. What is the rule regarding the saying of ‘Bismillah’ in Surah Tawbah 10th sipara/juz. Some say you should say it when starting it afresh while some say you should never read it. What is your ruling?

  5. Can a wife wear make up and seductive clothing i.e lingerie in order to please her husband?

 Jazakallah for your time and answers.


In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

1.  It is permissible for a male to shave his moustache.

Al-Fatawa al-Hindiya (5:358) Maktaba Rasheediya

ذكر الطحاوي في شرح الآثار أن قص الشارب حسن ، وتقصيره أن يؤخذ حتى ينقص من الإطار وهو الطرف الأعلى من الشفة العليا قال والحلق سنة وهو أحسن من القص وهذا قول أبي حنيفة وصاحبيه رحمهم الله تعالى كذا في محيط السرخسي

2.  There is no concept of engagement in Islam as seen in today’s time.  This is the influence of the western culture in which a man and woman maintain a pre-martial relationship.  When a suitable partner is found for the male/female, then the nikah should be performed.  It is unlawful to be involved in any type of interaction with a non-mahram.  Prolonging an engagement leads to interacting in an unlawful manner. It is better to perform the nikah so they may be saved from sinning.

3.  It is preferable not to close the eyes and to look at the prescribed places in salah.  During qiyam one should look at the place of sajdah.  During ruku one should look at the feet.  During sajdah one should look at the tip of the nose.  During jalsa one should look in the lap. During salam one should look at the shoulders.  Keeping the gazes at these positions will help in concentration.

Dar al-Mukhtar (1:477) H. M. Saeed Company

Noor al-Eedhah

(ولها آداب) تركه لا يوجب إساءة ولا عتابا كترك سنة الزوائد، لكن فعله أفضل (نظره إلى موضع سجوده حال قيامه، وإلى ظهر قدميه حال ركوعه، وإلى أرنبة أنفه حال سجوده، وإلى حجره حال قعوده، وإلى منكبه الايمن والايسر عند التسليمة الاولى والثانية) لتحصيل الخشوع (در المختار)

من آدابها إخراج الرجل كفيه من كميه عند التكبير ونظر المصلي الى موضع سجوده قائما والى ظاهر القدم راكعا والى أرنبة أنفه ساجدا والى حجره جالسا والى المنكبين مسلما (نور الايضاح)


4.  One should not recite Bismillah at the beginning of Surah Towbah (Bara’at), regardless if the tilwat is commencing from the surah or continuing from the previous Surah.  It is permissible to recite Bismallah when commencing from the middle of Surah Towbah.

Al-Jawahir al-Naqiya p.18 – QiraatAcademyLahore

اس مسئلہ پر قریب قریب سلف کا اجماع ہے کہ ابتداۓ براءت میں بسملہ نہیں پڑہی جاۓ گی ، خواہ ابتداۓ تلاوت ہو یا درمیان تلاوت ۔۔۔ اوساط براءت میں ابتداء تلاوت کے وقت بسم اللہ پڑہنا جمہور کے نزدیک دیگر سورتوں کی طرح جائز ہے


5.  It is permissible for a woman to wear make up and seductive clothes in the husband’s privacy to please him.  However, the make-up should not contain unlawful ingredients and it should be removable at the time of wudhu.

And Allah knows best


Ml. Ehzaz Ajmeri,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa, Madrassah In’aamiyyah