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Removing hair between the eyebrows

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AsSalaamuAlaykum Mufti Saheb,
With regard to removing the hair between the eyebrows if one has a unibrow, what is the ruling. Kindly explain the ruling of a man removing this hair. JazakallahuKhairan

Answer

Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

Having a unibrow itself is not abnormal, and thus it will not be permissible to pluck out or remove the hair on the upper tip of the nose. It is narrated in a Hadith:

قال الامام مسلم حدثنا شَيْبَانُ بْنُ فَرُّوخَ ، حَدَّثَنَا جَرِيرٌ يَعْنِي ابْنَ حَازِمٍ ، حَدَّثَنَا الْأَعْمَشُ ، عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ ، عَنْ عَلْقَمَةَ ، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ، عن النبي صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قال لَعَنَ اللَّهُ الْوَاشِمَاتِ وَالْمُسْتَوْشِمَاتِ ، وَالنَّامِصَاتِ وَالْمُتَنَمِّصَاتِ ، وَالْمُتَفَلِّجَاتِ لِلْحُسْنِ الْمُغَيِّرَاتِ خَلْقَ اللَّهِ

“Allah has cursed those who practice tattooing, request tattooing be done for them, those who shave the eye-brows, those who request that they eyebrows be shaved and those who create spaces between their teeth artificially to look beautiful, such ladies have changed what Allāh has created.” (Saheeh Muslim, Hadeeth #3973)

Yes, if the unibrow grows so big that it looks hideous to the spouse, it will be permissible to shorten it a bit.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best

Wassalaam,

Ismail Moosa (Mufti)

References

Fatwaa of our Ustadh, Hadhrat Mufti Saeed Motora Sahib (Darul Ulum Azaadville)

و فِي التَّتَارْخَانِيَّة عَنْ الْمُضْمَرَاتِ: وَلَا بَأْسَ بِأَخْذِ الْحَاجِبَيْنِ وَشَعْرِ وَجْهِهِ مَا لَمْ يُشْبِهْ الْمُخَنَّثَ (رد المحتار على الدر المختار، ج6، ص373)

وَلَا بَأْسَ بِأَخْذِ الْحَاجِبِينَ وَشَعْرَ وَجْهِهِ ما لم يَتَشَبَّهْ بِالْمُخَنَّثِ كَذَا في الْيَنَابِيعِ (الفتاوى الهندية، ج5، ص358)

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