The Ruling on Removing the Hair on the Hands and Feet – Shaikh Ibn ul-‘Uthaymeen

Question: What is the ruling on removing the hair on the hands and feet?

Answer: “If the hair is a lot then there is no harm in removing it because it is a blemish. If it is regular hair, then some of the People of knowledge say the removing of this hair is changing the creation of Allah. Some of them say: it is allowed because it is what Allah was silent regarding and the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

ما سكت الله عنه فهو عفو

Whatever He kept silent about is pardoned

[Saheeh Sunan Abi Dawood no. 3800]

That is: it is not necessary upon you nor prohibited upon you. They say: hair divides into three types:

First type: What the legislation makes it haram to take from
Second type: what the legislation requested to take
Third type: what the legislation kept quiet about
So the legislation prohibited taking from the beard for a man and the eyebrows for a woman and man. The legislation requested for a person to take from his/her armpits and pubic hair and mustache for men. What it is silent about is what is pardoned. If Allah wanted it to be removed He would have ordered for it to be removed and if He wanted for it to remain He would be order for it to remain. So when He kept silent about it, then it returns to the choice of a person. If he wills he can remove it and if they will they can allow it to remain”.

[Majmoo’ al-Fatawa (11/34)]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan

Abu Sulayman

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