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Trimming one’s private hair – the limits

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Answered by Shaykh Ilyas Patel

When I was young I was told by Islamic teachers to remove the pubic hair and armpits, I have been doing so since, but by reading some articles concerning pubic hair on SunniPath, I am bit confused, I have not exactly been removing the pubic hair below the navel (below bellybutton) but have been shaving the pubic hair around the private parts, as the hair below the navel grew later, so I’d like to know was I in sin all that time or not, also is it fard to shave below the navel or is it fine to shave around the private parts, please clarify

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

In the name of Allah Most Compassionate Merciful

I hope you are fine and in the best of health and iman.

You have been shaving the hair correctly, as the extent of the pubic hair is as follows: whilst a person is in the squatting position with the knees bent and buttocks touching the heels, the extent that requires removal begins from the line and crease that develops across the stomach and down below including the scrotum. It is also recommended to remove the hair surrounding the anus, as it can be soiled with impurities and bacteria. Any hair, which is below the navel, does not have to be removed, though permissible. (Tahtawi ala Maraqi al-Falah)

And Allah alone knows best

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