Eyebrow plucking for men permissible

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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

Salaam, i just want to ask if a man is allowed to pluck, shave or in any way remove hair from his eye-brows if they are beginning to join in the centre.

Wasalaam, may Allah reward you in your efforts to spread knowledge on islam to those who need it.


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Eyebrow plucking for men permissible

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Sahih Al-Bukhari  7.815        Narrated by Abdullah

Allah has cursed those women who practice tattooing and those who get themselves tattooed, and those who remove their eye-brow hairs, and those who create a space between their teeth artificially to look beautiful, and such women as change the features created by Allah.  Why then should I not curse those whom the Prophet (saws) has cursed?


In light of the above hadith,  it is the unanimous decision of all the scholars and jurists in Islam that the plucking of eyebrows is strictly forbidden for the believing woman in Islam.


There is no specific restriction in the Sunnah for the believing men from removing unwanted and extra hair-growth from their eye-brows; thus it would be deemed permissible for the believing men to remove the extra or unwanted hair from their eye-brows, if they wish to do so.


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Your Brother in Islam,






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