Ruling on plucking Eyebrows in Islam
Shaytaan (satan ) is the biggest enemy for mankind and he is determined
to mislead people away from obeying Allah and persuade
people to do what Allah has forbidden them to do. One of
these things is that shaytaan will try to get humans to
change the nature of creation.
Allah tells us about the plots of shaytaan in the following verse:
“They (all those who worship others than Allaah) invoke nothing but female deities besides Him (Allaah), and they invoke nothing but shaytaan (Satan), a persistent rebel!
Allaah cursed him. And he [shaytaan (Satan)] said: ‘I will take an appointed portion of your slaves.
Verily, I will mislead them, and surely, I will arouse in them false desires; and certainly, I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allaah.’ And whoever takes shaytaan (Satan) as a Wali (protector or helper) instead of Allaah, has surely, suffered a manifest loss”
It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah said: “Allaah has cursed the women who do tattoos and those who ask for tattoos to be done, those who ask for their eyebrows to be plucked, and the women ask for their teeth to be filed for the purpose of beautification, changing the creation of Allaah.” A woman from the tribe of Bani Asad whose name was Umm Ya’qoob heard of that and she came and said, “I have heard that you have cursed So and so and So and so.” He said, “Why should I not curse those whom the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed and who are mentioned in the Book of Allaah?’ She said, “I have read what is between the two covers [of the Qur’aan], and I did not find anything in it like what you have said.” He said, “If you have read it, have you not read that Allaah says,
‘And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad) gives you, take it; and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it)’
She said, “Of course.” He said, “He forbade that.” She said, “I think your wife does it.” He said, “Go and look.” So she went and looked and she did not see what she was looking for. He said, “If she had been like that, she would not be with us.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4604; Muslim, 2125
Al-Bukhaari (5931) and Muslim (2125) narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “May Allaah curse the women who do tattoos and those who have them done, those who have their eyebrows plucked, and those who file their teeth for the purpose of beautification and change the creation of Allaah.” Then ‘Abd-Allaah said: “Why should I not curse those whom the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed.”
The mutanammisah is the one who asks another to pluck her eyebrows, and the naamisah is the one who does it. Al-nimaas means removing the hair of the face with tweezers. It was said that the word nimaas refers specifically to removing hair from the eyebrows in order to reduce them or make them straight. Abu Dawood said in al-Sunan: al-naamisah is the one who plucks the eyebrows in order to reduce them.
Fath al-Baari, 10/377
If hair is removed from the eyebrows by a method other than plucking, such as by cutting or shaving, some of the scholars regard this as being the same as plucking, because it is changing the creation of Allaah, so there is no difference between plucking, cutting or shaving.
The following question was mentioned in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah (5/196):
A young woman has very thick eyebrows that make her look bad. This girl was forced to shave part of the area between the eyebrows and to reduce the rest so that she will look acceptable to her husband.
The Committee replied:
“It is not permissible to shave the eyebrows or reduce then, because that is the namas (plucking) for which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed the one who does it and the one who asks for it to be done. What you must do is repent and pray for forgiveness for what you have done in the past, and beware of that in the future.
Another question (5/195) was put to the Committee:
Namas means removing some of the hair of the eyebrows, and is not permitted, because the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed the woman who plucks her eyebrows and the one who has that done, but it is permissible for a woman to remove a beard or moustache, if one grows, or hair from her legs or arms.”
The hadeeth which says that the woman who plucks the eyebrows or who has that done is cursed was narrated by al-Bukhaari (4886) and Muslim (2125), from the hadeeth of ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him).
The point is that it is haraam to remove any hair from the eyebrows, whether all the hair is removed by shaving, or some of it is removed by cutting. Anything apart from that is permissible, such as removing hair from the arms and legs, and the area between the eyebrows. The following appeared in Fataawa al-Lajnah (5/197)
As the hair on the hands, cheeks or forehead, arms and legs is something about which sharee’ah does not say anything. If sharee’ah does not say anything about a matter, it is allowable. It does not come under the same heading as the hair which we are commanded or recommended to remove, and it does not come under the heading of the hair which we commanded to leave alone – such as the hair on a woman’s head and the eyebrows
Some said that it is not permissible to remove it, because removing it 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’ 4:119 – interpretation of the meaning]
Some said that this is one of the things concerning which nothing was said, so the ruling is that it is allowed. It is permissible to leave it or to remove it, because whatever is not mentioned in the Qur’aan or Sunnah is permissible.
This was the view favoured by the scholars of the Standing Committee and by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. See Fataawa al-Mar’ah al-Muslimah, 3/879
It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah:
(a) 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 tanammus (plucking) that is forbidden.
(Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/194, 195)
(b) The Committee was asked:
What is the Islamic ruling on plucking the hair between the eyebrows?
It is permissible to pluck it, because it is not part of the eyebrows.
(Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/197)
The Standing Committee was asked:
What is the ruling on a woman removing hair from her body?
It is permissible for her to do that, apart from the hair of the eyebrows and head. It is not permissible for her to remove the hair of her head or to remove any part of the eyebrows, whether by shaving or any other means.
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/194
We should comment on the questioner’s words “I know that plucking the eyebrows is haraam and removing facial hair is also.”
As for plucking the eyebrows, this is haraam and is a major sin, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed those who do it.
But as for removing facial hair, there is a difference of opinion among the scholars as to whether it is permissible to remove it. This is based on their various understandings of the word al-namas.
Some scholars said that al-namas means removing any facial hair, and they did not limit it to the eyebrows. Others were of the view that al-namas refers to removing the hair of the eyebrows only. This was the view favoured by the Standing Committee as is clear from the fatwas quoted above.
It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah:
Al-namas means plucking the hair of the eyebrows, which is not permissible because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed the woman who plucks eyebrows (al-naamisah) and the one who has it done (al-mutanammisah).
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/195
Filing teeth is also haram. It was said concerning the meaning of those who ask for their teeth to be filed (al-mutafallijaat)
This refers to one who asks for her teeth to be filed or who does that. Falj means making a gap between two teeth and tafalluj means making a gap between two attached things by means of filing or the like. This was usually done to the incisor and the eyetooth for the purpose of beautification. A woman might do this if her teeth were close together so that she would have gaps between her teeth, or an old woman might have do to make it look as if she were younger, because young women usually have gaps between their teeth that disappear as the woman gets older.
Fath al-Baari, 10/372
Facial peeling which is a kind of cosmetic surgery that is done by some people with the aim of looking younger, i.e., to remove signs of aging.
This kind of surgery is not essential, and the patient will not suffer any hardship if he or she does not do it. Rather the aim is to change the creation of Allaah and to play about with it according to people’s whims and desires. Thus it is haraam and it is not permissible to do it, for the following reasons:
1 – Allaah tells us that Iblees (may Allaah curse him) said:
“and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allaah”
This verse indicates that changing the creation of Allaah is one of the haraam things that the Shaytaan tempts the sinners among the sons of Adam to do.
A Muslim women must beautify herself for her husband but this should be within the boundaries of what is permitted in Islam. You cannot please your husband by doing What Allah has forbidden you to do.
An intelligent Muslimah will not risk herself being cursed by Allah and his Messenger (peace be upon him ) to please her husband or out of fear of not looking to the standard of beauty set by other women or to fulfill her own vain desires.
Your goal should be first of all please Allah. The winner is the one who pleases her Lord, loves her Prophet (peace be upon him ) more than anything and anyone, including her own self.
Yes pleasing your husband is fard on you only if it is in the Halal (Islamically lawful ) way. It is not allowed for you to please your husband in the Haram (forbidden ) way. A wife is not allowed to have anal sex with her husband no matter how much pleasure that type of sex may give him and no matter how much it displeases him if he does get to have anal sex with his wife. Then how can a wife say she plucks her eyebrows to please her husband.
Therefore you should accept whatever share of physical beauty Allaah has decreed for you and say Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allah).
You should not get yourself into the kafir mindset that you have to have the perfect looks. Shaytaan begins to play with peoples mind because he blames our father Adam and our mother Hawah and the whole mankind for his own stupidity. which led him to be cursed.
He cannot tolerate Allah being pleased with us and wants us to be cursed like him.
So he whispers to the Muslimah. saying hey its your duty to please your husband so pluck and shape your eyebrows and make husband happy. And then you will be happy too.
So he is giving you a rope to hang yourself with and he is grinning behind your back.
Ask yourself if you do that will you be happy being in hell. Will your eyebrows, your face really be appealing to your husband or anyone when it is burnt and twisted due to the fire burning and melting it?
A sharp intelligent Muslimah should not get fooled by satanic whispers. An intelligent Muslimah will think yes it is my duty to please my husband. But not at the cost of displeasing my Lord and falling into the hellfire.
Say I love my Lord more than my husband. Say I love my Prophet more than my husband. Say if only I could get a glimpse of my Prophet (peace be upon him) I would sell every thing I had in this whole world .
So say to your self "I will make my self pretty in the halal way. By wearing nice cloths, brushing my teeth, bathing, smelling nice inside my home , looking after my diet, exercising inside my home and wearing makeup, making my voice sweet and walking seductively in front of my husband (at home of course). If he doe not like this then I have done my duty and I will not do anything that displeases my Allah"
"I am not going to become like the kaffirs and pluck my eye brows, have a nose or boob job and have the curse of Allah upon me just to please him, or be popular amongst other women."
Oh Sisters just look at the kuffar women, they have pluck their eyebrows, Wear the sexiest clothing yet this is not enough for their men. They even have their breasts done , nose done , buttocks done and even private parts done. Still they cant keep their man. Still they don not have the self confidence. And you think being like them is some thing good?
They are losers in this world and the hereafter. So why do you want to join those losers?
Know dear sisters that outward appearance is not the means to achieve noble aims and goals. Rather they are achieved by following laws of Allah and with Allah's help. If you please Allah you will have all that your heart could wish for.
O mankind! Be dutiful to your Lord, Who created you from a single person (Adam), and from him (Adam) He created his wife [Hawwa (Eve)], and from them both He created many men and women and fear Allâh through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (do not cut the relations of) the wombs (kinship) . Surely, Allâh is Ever an AllWatcher over you. (Quran 4:1)
Allah, may He be exalted, says :
“By Al-Asr (the time).
Verily! Man is in loss,
Except those who believe (in Islamic Monotheism) and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth (i.e. order one another to perform all kinds of good deeds (Al-Maroof )which Allah has ordained, and abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds (Al-Munkar )which Allah has forbidden), and recommend one another to patience (for the sufferings, harms, and injuries which one may encounter in Allah’s Cause during preaching His religion of Islamic Monotheism or Jihad, etc.).”
So sisters do not be losers for anyone. Only fear Allah and keep your hearts always firm and stead fast. be brave like the Sahabiyaat and not cowards.
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) referred to in the hadeeth, “Among the people are some who open the way to goodness and close the way to evil.” (Hasan, reported by Ibn Maajah from Anas, 237, and by Ibn Abi ‘Aasim in Kitaab al-Sunnah, 1/127. See also Al-Silsilat al-Saheehah, 1332)
Sisters close the way to evil by not plucking your eyebrows.
About the heart the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “It changes more than a pot of rapidly boiling water.” (Reported by Ahmad, 6/4; al-Haakim, 2/289; al-Silsilat al-Saheehah, 1772).
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) also said : “The heart (qalb) takes its name from its constant changes (taqallub – alteration, variation, ups and downs). The likeness of the heart is that of a feather at the root of a tree, being turned over and over by the wind.” (Reported by Ahmad, 4/408; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 2364)
“And all that We relate to you (O Muhammad) of the news of the Messengers is in order that We may make strong and firm your heart thereby. And in this has come to you the truth, as well as an adminition and a reminder for the believers.” [Hood 11:120]
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us that “The hearts of the sons of Adam are as one between the fingers of the Most Merciful, and He directs them as He wills.” (Reported by Imaam Ahmad from Ibn ‘Umar; see Saheeh Muslim bi Sharh al-Nawawi, 16/204).
The Messenger of Allaah often used to say, “O Controller of the hearts, make my heart adhere firmly to Your religion.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi from Anas. Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi, 6/349; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 7864).
“And many a Prophet fought (in Allaah’s Cause) and along with him (fought) large bands of religious learned men. But they never lost heart for that which did befall them in Allaah’s Way, nor did they weaken nor degrade themselves. And Allaah loves al-saabireen (the patient ones). And they said nothing but: ‘Our Lord! Forgive us our sins and our transgressions (in keeping our duties to You), establish our feet firmly, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk.’ So Allaah gave them the reward of this world, and the excellent reward of the Hereafter…” [Aal ‘Imraan 3:146-148]
Also regarding wigs and false eye lashes
Al-Bukhaari and Muslim (2122) narrated that Asma’ bint Abi Bakr said: A woman came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: “O Messenger of Allaah, I have a daughter who is newly married, and she had the measles and her hair fell out. Can I give her hair extensions?” He said: “Allaah has cursed the one who fixes hair extensions and the one who has that done.”
Al-Bukhaari (5205) and Muslim (2123) narrated from ‘Aa’ishah that a girl from among the Ansaar got married and she became sick and her hair fell out. They wanted to give her hair extensions, so they asked the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about that, and he cursed the one who fixes hair extensions and the one who has that done.
The one who fixes hair extensions is the one who joins the other hair to the woman’s hair. The one who has that done is the woman who asks someone else to do that for her. These ahaadeeth clearly state that it is haraam to fix hair extensions, and the one who fixes hair extensions and the one who has that done are both cursed in general terms. This is the more correct meaning.