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Is I permitted to pluck hair between the eyebrows?


Is it haraam to pluck/remove the hair in the area in between the eyebrows?

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Thank you for your question.

In general circumstances, the hair between the eyebrows should be left as is. In accordance to Islamic teachings, it is prohibited to pluck or shave such hair. However, if there is excessive, dense hair in the area between a woman’s eyebrows, such that it is deemed masculine or looked at as a negative aspect of her general feminine beauty, then she is permitted to remove that slight amount of hair that would remove the masculine look. (Al Baḥr al Rāiq)

“May Allāh curse the women who pluck [the eyebrows of other women] and those who get them plucked and those women who cleave their teeth for the sake of beauty; who alter the creation of Allāh.” (Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)

As for men, removing such hair is not recommended and should be avoided.

“The Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings upon him) cursed men who imitate women and cursed women who imitate men”. (Bukhārī).

And Allah knows best.

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
Hadith of the Day Imam
Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute

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