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The Wisdom Behind The Prescription To Remove Pubic Hair And Armpit Hair

09 Dec

The Sunnah indicates that it is
prescribed to remove pubic hair and
armpit hair. Al-Bukhaari (5889) and
Muslim (257) narrated from Abu
Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with
him) that the Prophet (blessings and
peace of Allah be upon him) said: “The
fitrah is five things – or five things are
part of the fitrah – circumcision, shaving
the pubes, cutting the nails, plucking
the armpit hairs, and trimming the
moustache.”
The wisdom behind the prescription of
removing the hair from these two
places – and Allah knows best – is that
removing it helps one to attain a
perfect level of cleanliness and prevents
what could emanate from them of bad
smells if the hair was left without
removing it. And there are other
reasons and wisdom behind it.
Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allah have
mercy on him) said: These
characteristics of the fitrah may serve
some religious or worldly interests, that
one may notice by reflecting upon the
issue, such as: improving one’s physical
well-being; cleansing the body
thoroughly; taking precautions to ensure
purity when doing ghusl or wudoo’;
doing a favour to one’s friends and
companions by avoiding unpleasant
smells that may offend them; differing
from the practices of the disbelievers
such as the Magians, Jews, Christians
and idol-worshippers; obeying the
command of the Lawgiver; preserving
that which is mentioned to in the verse
in which Allah, may He be exalted, said
(interpretation of the meaning), “and
[Allah] has given you shape and made
your shapes good (looking)” [Ghaafir
40:64], because by doing so one is
preserving that beautiful image – it is as
if the verse implies: I have given you
beautiful shapes, so do not distort them
with anything that may make them ugly,
and take care of them so that they will
continue to be beautiful, for taking care
of them is a kind of adhering to dignity
and maintaining harmony with others,
because if a person appears handsome
or beautiful, that makes others feel at
ease with him, so people will listen to
what he says and appreciate what he
says, and vice versa.
End quote from Fath al-Baari.
Secondly:
What was well known at the time of the
Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) was that they would use a
razor to shave their hair.
Al-Bukhaari (5079) and Muslim (715)
narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abdullah (may
Allah be pleased with him) said: We
were with the Messenger of Allah
(blessings and peace of Allah be upon
him) on campaign, and when we
approached Madinah, we wanted to
enter the city straight away, but the
Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) said: “Delay it until we enter
at night, so that the one who is
dishevelled may tidy herself up and the
one whose husband is absent may
shave her pubic hair.”
Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar (may Allah have
mercy on him) said in Fath al-Baari: This
refers to the woman whose husband is
absent. What is meant is so that she
may remove her pubic hair, and the
word used in this hadith refers to
shaving, because that is the usual
method of removing hair, but that does
not mean that it is not allowed to use
something other than a razor. End
quote.
Al-Bukhaari (3989) narrated the story of
Khubayb ibn ‘Adiyy (may Allah be
pleased with him), in which it says:…
when they [the disbelievers who had
captured him] decided to kill him, he
asked to borrow a razor from one of the
daughters of al-Haarith so that he could
shave his pubic hair, and she lent it to
him…
It says in Musnad al-Imam Ahmad
(26705), in the hadith of Ma‘mar ibn
‘Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with
him): … When the Messenger of Allah
(blessings and peace of Allah be upon
him) had slaughtered his sacrifice in
Mina, he instructed me to shave his
head. So I picked up the razor and
stood by his head. The Messenger of
Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) looked me in the eye and
said to me: “O Ma‘mar, the Messenger
of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be
upon him) has let you take hold of his
earlobe when you have a razor in your
hand…”
Thirdly:
The Sunnah with regard to the removal
of pubic hair is to shave it. In the case
of armpit hair, the Sunnah is to pluck it,
but if a person simply trims it, there is
nothing wrong with that, but it is not
what is best.
Ibn Qudaamah (may Allah be pleased
with him) said: Shaving the pubic hair is
mustahabb and is part of the fitrah, and
it is very inappropriate to leave it, so it
is recommended to remove it, and
whatever means one uses, there is
nothing wrong with it, because the
point is to remove it. It was said to Abu
‘Abdullah (i.e., Imam Ahmad): Is it
acceptable for a man to cut his pubic
hair with scissors, even if he does not
cut all of it? He said: I hope it is
acceptable, in sha Allah.
End quote from al-Mughni (1/65).
An-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on
him) said: Shaving the pubic hair is
called istihdaad in Arabic because iron
(hadeed) is used, i.e., the razor. That is
Sunnah, and the purpose behind it is to
cleanse the area. The best is to shave
it, but it is permissible to cut the hair,
pluck it or remove it with a depilatory
paste…. With regard to plucking the
armpit hair, that is Sunnah according to
consensus. The best is to pluck it for
the one who can stand it, but it may
also be done by shaving or using a
depilatory paste. It was narrated that
Yoonus ibn ‘Abd al-A‘laa said: I entered
upon ash-Shaafa‘i (may Allah have
mercy on him), and the barber was with
him, shaving his armpits. Ash-Shaafa‘i
said: I know that the Sunnah is to pluck
it, but I cannot stand the pain.
End quote from Sharh Muslim by an-
Nawawi (3/149)
And Allah knows best.

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