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Are Muslim women allowed to be waxed by a beautician?

16 March 2015, 15:00Mushra Hartley

Is it allowed for a Muslim woman to get her private parts waxed by a another woman? Modest Muse investigates.

As Salaamu Alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

It goes without saying that a Muslim woman is encouraged to appear neat and tidy in front of her husband. A Muslim woman is not allowed to uncover her `awrah (Arabic for: parts of the body that must be covered)  except in case of necessity.

Regarding waxing body hair, Islam generally encourages Muslims to appear neat, tidy, and well-groomed; this applies equally to males and females.

As for having another woman to do the waxing for you, Muslim scholars are of the opinion that a woman may uncover her hair, face, hands, neck, shoulders, legs from below her knees, as well as feet in front of other women. It should be clear that a Muslim woman is not allowed to uncover her ’awrah’ except in case of necessity such as necessary medical treatment.

Therefore, it is not allowed to have another woman — whether a Muslim or a non-Muslim,  to do the waxing for you if this will lead to exposing the `awrah, as this is not an issue that would justify exposing your `awrah.

Sister, try to think about convenient methods that would help you without exposing sensitive parts of your body to other women unnecessarily.

Moreover, London-based Muslim scholar and da`iyah Zienab Mostafa adds,

The least that can be said about showing a women’s `awrah before another woman is between the navel and knee, it is called`awrah mughalazhah or “significant `awrah.” This area can be shown only in case of necessity.

Reading stubborn hair growth, we could say that if it continues to be a serious problem that causes on-going irritations and will endanger marriage, then you might get your body permanently waxed (by laser or other available means). This will be a once-and-for-all solution that is permissible in Islam because of a real need making it necessary for such an action.


Allah Almighty knows best.

Answer by: Dr. Wael Shihab, a Shari  `ah researcher at Al-Azhar University (onislam.net)

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