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Is it permissible for a female to shape her eyebrows?

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Question:
 

Is a female allowed to shape her eyebrows to beautify herself for her husband?
 

Answer:
 

No. It is not permissible.  It is narrated on the authority of Ibn Mas’ood (Radiallahu Anhu) that he said, May Allah curse those who tattoo, have (their bodies) tattooed, those who have their eyebrows to be plucked and those who create gaps between their teeth. They are changing what Allah has created. Why should I not curse those whom Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has cursed whilst it has been recorded in the Qur’an? (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith #: 5943).

عن ابن مسعودرضى الله عنهقال لعن الله الواشمات ، والمستوشمات ، والمتنمصات والمتفلجات للحسن ، المغيرات خلق الله ، ما لى لا ألعن من لعنه رسول اللهصلى الله عليه وسلموهو فى كتاب الله

The Fuqaha have mentioned that shaping the eyebrows are prohibited due to this Hadith and the reson is “Taghyeeru Khalqillah” (changing that which Allah created as normal). Therefore, if a woman’s eyebrows are normal, it will not be permissible for her to shape it/trim it/pluck it.

If a woman’s eyebrows are abnormally large or bushy or she has a unibrow, it will be permissible for her to remove or shape that portion so that her eyebrows look normal.
 

And Allah knows best
 

Suhail Tarmahomed (Mufti)
 

Checked and Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Fatwa Department

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