Answered by: Maulana Mohammad Ahsan Osmani
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah
Is it an accurate rule of thumb that a man can remove any bodily hair apart from the beard?
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh
It is permissible for a man to remove hair from his body, e.g. chest hair, hair of one’s back, and leg/arm hair; however, it is unethical to do so. Nonetheless, it is prohibited to shave off one’s eyebrows or shape them in such a way that one would look effeminate.
(Behishti Zewar: p. 300 [Darul Isha’at] Masaail of the Hair: p. 25-26 [Idara Isha’at-e- Diniyat (P) LTD.];
Raddul Muhtar: v. 9, p. 583 [Maktaba Imdadia]; Kitabul Nawazil: v. 15, p. 516-517 [Darul Isha’at]
Fatawa Darul Uloom Deoband: v. 16, p. 234 [Darul Isha’at])
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Written by Maulana Mohammad Ahsan Osmani
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
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