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Yet in an increasingly globalized world, women are expected to abide by international standards of beauty that seemingly contradict those recommended by hadiths and fatwas.
These expectations are normalized along an attractiveness spectrum and ingrained in social practices, making it even more difficult for women to be who they wish to be.
Anyone that knows me, knows that though I’d love to look gorgeous every day of the week, when it comes down to it, I’d just rather get that extra bit of sleep in the morning.
I can scuba dive and go canyoning whilst still looking presentable.What is impermissible, according to Islamic scholars, is shaving the head in a way that resembles immoral people ( “Whoever imitates a people is one of them,” as narrated by Abu Dawood; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood), though what this immorality entails remains vague.For all Muslim men wishing to cut their hair in a way that resembles their favorite soccer players, singers, or actors - they, too, should think again.The Sunnah is to remove pubic hair with a razor and to pluck armpit hair with a tweezer (ouch), but most scholars agree that what matters is removing it, so other depilatory substances are permissible.What is not okay, however, is for someone else to remove one’s pubic hair, so beauty salons for women are strictly unacceptable.
Al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (PBUH) 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.” What is to be done with hair on various body parts, and more precisely how it should be dealt with in the most “Islamic” way possible are questions that have occupied Muslims in the Arab world and beyond for many years.