Question: Please tell me - can a woman pluck her eyebrows? I’ve heard that according to Hanafi madhab it is allowed, if husband of a woman allows it. (Mariam)
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh
It is not permissible for a male or female to pluck or shape his/her eyebrows . It is narrated on the authority of Ibn Mas’ood (Radiallahu Anhu) that he said,
عن ابن مسعود - رضى الله عنه - قال لعن الله الواشمات ، والمستوشمات ، والمتنمصات والمتفلجات للحسن ، المغيرات خلق الله ، ما لى لا ألعن من لعنه رسول الله - صلى الله عليه وسلم - وهو فى كتاب الله
“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)
The Fuqaha (Jurists) have mentioned that shaping the eyebrows are prohibited due to this Hadith and the reason 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.
Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed