A Topic We Pretend Does Not Exist

by Asma bint Shameem

Today’s topic is about something we DON’T really want to talk about.

This is a topic we just want to avoid or hope it would go away Although, not thinking about it does not mean that the Hukum (order) isn’t there.

And you know what? It is sad to say that 90% of our sisters are guilty of doing it.

But dear Sister, have you really thought about it?
What does Islam REALLY say about shaping the eyebrows?

It says in “Fataawa al-Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen”:
Plucking of women’s eyebrows is not permissible. The Messenger of Allaah (pbuh) cursed the one who does it. It is haraam and is not permitted.

The evidence:

1) Abd-Allaah ibn Masood said:

I heard the Messenger of Allaah (pbuh) say: Allaah has CURSED the woman who does tattoos and the one who has them done, the woman who plucks eyebrows and the one who has it done, and the one who files her teeth for the purpose of beauty, altering the creation of Allaah.(Bukhaari, Muslim)


Removing or plucking the eyebrows implies changing the creation of Allaah, as Allaah tells us that the Shaytaan said: …..and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allaah.” [al-Nisa:119]

Can you do it if (you think) it makes you look ugly?

Allaah is Wise in what He decrees for His slaves.Some people are beautiful in appearance and some are not; the entire matter is in the hand of Allaah. It is essential to be patient and seek reward with Allaah, and not to transgress His sacred limits for the sake of one’s own whims and desires.

What about hair on her face (like chin, upper lip,etc.) and the rest of her body?

There is no sin on a woman if she removes hair on her upper lip, thighs, calves and arms. This is not part of the plucking that is forbidden. It is one of the things concerning which Sharee’ah did not say anything, so the ruling is that it is permissible, since whatever sharee’ah did not say anything about, in the Qur’aan or Sunnah, is allowed.

“What is Halaal is that which Allaah has permitted in His Book, and what is haraam is that which Allaah has forbidden in His Book, and whatever He has not said anything about is allowable. (al-Tirmidhi-hasan)

What about plucking the hair BETWEEN the eyebrows?

The Ulama tell us that it is permissible to pluck it, because it is not part of the eyebrows.

Can a woman do it if her husband asks her to do so?

It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daaimah: It is not permissible to remove the hair of the eyebrows because this is the plucking for which the Messenger of Allaah (pbuh) cursed those who do it, and it is a kind of changing the creation of Allaah, which is the action of the Shaytaan. If a woman’s husband tells her to do it, she should not obey him,because it is a sin, and there is no obedience to any created being if it involves disobedience towards the Creator. Rather obedience should only be with regard to things that are good and proper, as the Prophet (pbuh) said.

OK, I am not plucking it. But, can I shape it, cut it, etc.?

Shaykh Ibn Jibreen said: “It is not permissible to cut the hair of the eyebrows, or to shave it, reduce it or pluck it.This is not the matter of beauty, rather it is altering the creation of Allaah Who is the Best of creators. A warning has been narrated against doing that and the one who does it is cursed; this implies that it is forbidden.

So, this is it.

The evidence is clear. There is no difference of opinion among the Ulama about it.
Plucking your eyebrows is HARAAM….. Plain and Simple
No ifs and buts about it.
The Prophet (pbuh) said it….the Ulama explained it…..you have been informed about it.

And you have been WARNED.
Now, it is up to you to decide.
Do you want to be the one who ˜listens and obeys?
Or are you going to be like the one whom Allah describes……

“And when Our Verses are recited to such a one,he turns away in pride, as if he heard them not–as if there were deafness in his ear. So announce to him a painful torment.” (al- Luqman:7)

Read the above Ayah carefully.
Surely, YOU are NOT going to be that one.
Then, give it up, my dear Sister. It’s simply not worth it.You look beautiful even if you didn’t pluck your eyebrows. I Promise You.
Don’t let the Kuffaar get to you.
Don’t be the one whom Allah curses.
Imagine! ALLAAH’S CURSE!!!!

Just think! How can anyone expect goodness and success in this life OR in the Hereafter if Allah’s curse is on them?

O Allah…. save us from Your Curse and guide us to the Right Path. Aameen.