Removing Her Thick Eyebrow Hair
Fatwa No: 382117

Question

Assalamu AlaykumI have a question regarding a medical treatment I am using for hair loss. After multiple pregnancies and breastfeeding I am starting to permanently lose my head hair. I am using a medicine to make it grow back, and I have to use this permanently, otherwise my hair falls out again. The side effect of this medicine is it makes my facial hair as well as eyebrows much thicker than it is normally. Is it permissible in my case to remove the thickened eyebrow hairs (only a few) to restore it to the original shape? Please note that no new eyebrow hairs are growing, just the small very fine ones (above and below) are becoming thicker and darker. May Allah reward you.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

First of all, there is a difference of opinion among the scholars regarding a woman removing the hair that grows on her face. The most preponderant opinion –Allah knows best – is that it is permissible to remove it, because it is among the matters about which the Sharee’ah kept silent. Salman Al-Faarsi  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "The lawful is what Allah has made lawful in His Book, and the forbidden is what Allah has made forbidden in His Book, and whatever Allah has kept silent about is forgiven.” [At-Tirmithi]

As for the hair of the eyebrows which grows and increases in density, then if it does not come out of the natural limits (original shape) in a way that it deforms the appearance, then it is not permissible for you to remove anything from it. However, if it come out of its natural limits, then it is permissible for you to take from it. However, this should only be to the extent that restores it to its natural limits and gets rid of the defect.

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 348430, 295657, 136627, 94325 and 93147.

Allah knows best.

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