[Q-ID0380] Can a man remove the hair from his body and have laser hair removal done?

QUESTION:

What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: can a man remove (shave) the hair from all of his body? And can laser hair removal be used to stop these hairs from growing again.

Questioner: Ateeb from UK

ANSWER:

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

With the exception of the beard and eyebrows, a man can shave the remaining parts of his body but it is better not to shave the hairs of the chest and back. However, if he shaves the hair [from the chest and back] he will not be sinful. As it is mentioned in Bahār-e Sharī’at that it is better not to shave or trim the hairs of the chest and back but hair from the hands, feet, stomach etc. can be removed.

[Bahār-e Sharī’at, vol. 3, part 16, pg. 585]

And yes, if the hairs of the eyebrows become excessive then there is no harm in trimming them. As it is mentioned in Bahār-e Sharī’at:

“If the hair of eyebrows becomes excessive then they can be trimmed.”

[ibid.]

It is permissible to use laser hair removal on those body parts which are permissible to shave if one knows how to remove the hair themselves but to expose the sitr e awrah [below the navel to the knees] in front of another man for this is haram (impermissible). That is why natural methods to remove hair should be used.

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri

Translated by Abu Zayn

Read the original answer in Urdu here – [Q-ID0380] Can a man remove the hair from his body and have laser hair removal done?

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