Fatwa: # 41009
Category: Misc. Fiqh
Country: Canada
Date: 20th September 2018


Trimming the side burns and Removing the unibrow


Assalam Walaikum, I have 2 questions: 1) the hair above the beard and below the hair of head ie: the sideburns, can u trim that hair for tazyeen, alhamdulillah my hair and beard is according to shariah, but my sideburns are grow very ugly, is it permissible to cut it? 2) are women allowed to remove unibrow?


In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakatu


1)    The beard is the hair on the jaw bone. The hair above or below the jaw bone is not considered part of the beard, hence it is permissible to remove it[1].

Accordingly, it is permissible to remove the side burns which are not on the jaw bone.


2)    In principle, men and women are not allowed to trim or shave the unibrow. However if the unibrow is unkempt, one may remove the stray strands to neaten it[2].



And Allaah Ta’aala Knows Best

Muhammed Al-Ameen Bin Moulana Ismail Akoo


Student, Darul Iftaa

Newcastle; KZN, South Africa


Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.




المعجم الوسيط\ حرف لام

ج 2 \ ص 820

(اللحي) منبت اللِّحْيَة من الْإِنْسَان وَغَيره وهما لحيان والعظمان اللَّذَان فيهمَا الْأَسْنَان من كل ذِي لحى ولحيا الغدير جانباه (ج) ألح ولحي ولحاء



: معجم متن اللغة\ حرف لام

ج 5\ص 164

اللحيان: العظمان اللذان فيهما الاسنان من داخل الفم من كل ذي لحي، وهما حائطا الفم


رد المحتار على الدر المختار\فصل في النظر و المس

ج 6\ص 373 (: دار الفكر-بيروت)

اهـ (قوله والنامصة إلخ) ذكره في الاختيار أيضا وفي المغرب.

النمص: نتف الشعر ومنه المنماص المنقاش اهـ ولعله محمول على ما إذا فعلته لتتزين للأجانب، وإلا فلو كان في وجهها شعر ينفر زوجها عنها بسببه، ففي تحريم إزالته بعد، لأن الزينة للنساء مطلوبة للتحسين، إلا أن يحمل على ما لا ضرورة إليه لما في نتفه بالمنماص من الإيذاء. وفي تبيين المحارم إزالة الشعر من الوجه حرام إلا إذا نبت للمرأة لحية أو شوارب فلا تحرم إزالته بل تستحب اهـ، وفي التتارخانية عن المضمرات: ولا بأس بأخذ الحاجبين وشعر وجهه ما لم يشبه المخنث اهـ ومثله في المجتبى تأمل


أحسن الفتاوى\ كتاب الحظر و الاباحة

ج 8\ ص 75-76  (سعيد)


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