Can a man use hair removal cream for under shave or not ?

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Can a man use hair removal cream for under shave or not ? And how much and to which extent it should be removed ?


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Unwanted hair

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Your Question: Can a man use hair removal cream for under shave or not ?

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.779         Narrated by Abu Huraira

I heard the Prophet (saws) saying. "Five practices are characteristics of the Fitra (nature): removing the pubic hair, clipping the nails, depilating the hair of the armpits; and circumcision and cutting the moustaches short (for the males)


Both the believing men and the believing women are obliged to remove their unwanted hair from their pubic region and from under their armpits.  One may use any means or method to remove the unwanted hair as they will or is convenient for them, including clipping, cutting, shaving, waxing, hair removal cream, etc.


Your Question: And how much and to which extent it should be removed ?

The Arabic terms used in the hadith for ‘shaving the pubic region’ is ‘Halq ul aana’, and in the Arabic terminology ‘aana’ is the area immediately surrounding the private parts or pubic area. 


In general circumstances it would be safe to say that the pubic area starts about 5-6 inches below the belly button.  But if a person has a huge tummy, the distance from the belly button to the pubic area may increase; but the pubic area itself would not increase or decrease.  There is absolutely no restriction if one wishes to completely remove the unwanted hairs by shaving it or using hair removal cream; or trim it by cutting or clipping.


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