I feel like this eyebrow-shaping controversy is the 90’s version of the present day Camel Hump situation. You get the Broadcast (okay, so, email at that time), read as little as possible, panic for a moment, unearth an article on Google that deems it acceptable, let out a sigh of relief and move on from that ‘close call’. Even though there’s that niggling feeling that it really isn’t allowed.
Bushy eyebrows were wild (hah, see what I did there? xD) back in the 80’s. Since fashion is mainly repetitive, they’re bound to make a comb back (Lol, they just make themselves), posing a problem for tweezer-wielding, cotton-spinning individuals. I don’t even understand why anyone would want to conform quite so rigorously to a society that deems underarm hair as appropriate (was I the only one scarred by Madonna and her crew’s pictures?) but bans a growth of hair that isn’t unhygienic, disgusting and doesn’t beg for unpleasant aromas?
According to science, shaping your eyebrows damages your follicles. Because follicles are responsible for generating hair growth, permanent damage means the brow hair may not grow back. Mainly, they’re hair today, gone tomorrow (I’m so punny =D). So you’re likely to miss a fashion must-have (Shame. On. You). Let’s not forget the fact that you’re basically going to resemble Voldemort (except, with a nose) in approximately one decade.
Sheikh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (R.A) said: “If removing hair from the eyebrows is done by plucking, this is namas (plucking the eyebrows) and the Prophet (S.A.W) cursed the naamisah (the woman who plucks eyebrows) and the mutanammisah (the woman who has her eyebrows plucked). This is a major sin, and women are singled out in this ruling because they are the ones who usually do this, for the purpose of beautification, but if a man were to do it he would also be cursed, just as a woman is cursed for doing this, Allah forbid.”
Don’t you get technical. Removing from the eyebrows by a method other than plucking (referring to cutting, waxing and shaving) is considered as being the same as plucking by most of the scholars. It’s changing the creation of Allah, whatever the means.
What of unibrows? The Committee was asked: “What is the Islamic ruling on plucking the hair between the eyebrows?” They replied: “It is permissible to pluck it, because it is not part of the eyebrows.” (Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah)
The Hanafi and Shafi’i Schools of Islamic law hold that if a woman develops a beard or moustache, it is permitted for her to remove the facial hair growing on her chin, above the upper lip and below the lower lip. In fact, they state that it is recommended since it is to avoid her from resembling men.
“But, like, my husband totally told me that, like, I should shape my eyebrows because, like, it makes me look, like, way more attractive.” (Read that in an annoying voice, just to counteract how annoying your words are. Themes are all the rage, anyways). Yes, Allah told you to obey your husband. But Allah also told you not to pluck your eyebrows! Your obedience to Allah far precedes your obedience to your husband.
The Prophet (S.A.W) said: “There can be no obedience to a created being in disobedience to the Creator.” (Ahmad- saheeh)
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,