Hair removal waxing permitted in Islam

Is hair / body hair removal allowed for men?

Judgments of the four law schools on the body hair

Šāfiʿīyya: It is part of the Sunnah on Fridays to shorten the mustache so that the upper lip can still be seen. Complete shaving is frowned upon (makrūh). However, it is allowed to shave off part of the mustache (thinning the mustache) if any part is left over. Shaving off completely or overdoing it when shortening is frowned upon. If the beard extends beyond the length of a fist, the beard can be shortened to the length of a fist. It is allowed to make the beard shorter than the length of a fist if you can avoid defamation. Another sunnah is plucking underarm hair. It is frowned upon for someone who can pluck armpit hair to shave them. However, if you cannot bear this because of the pain, you are allowed to shave. Another Sunnah is that on Fridays men shave their pubic hair and women pluck it. If the husband wants his wife to remove her pubic hair, it is mandatory for the wife to do so. It is frowned upon to pluck / remove the hair in the nose. However, if the nasal hairs get too long, it is Sunnah to trim them. If the nasal hairs are too long and you decide to remove them, it is still advisable not to remove them completely as they are important for your health. The hair on the head can be shortened / shaved. With the prerequisite that the hair is cared for / kept clean, it is also allowed to let it grow. It is not allowed to shape or grow hair in this way to imitate certain groups or to confuse people.

Ḥanafiyya: It is for the man ḥarām to shave the beard. It is sunna to keep the length of the beard a handful and what is beyond a hand's length should be cut off. It is allowed to remove facial hair from around the beard, as well as shaving underarm hair or plucking white hair. It is sunna to keep the mustache very short. Some (Imāms of the anafi school of law) also said that it is sunna to shave one's mustache. ʾAbū Ḥanīfa and the Imāmain (Imām ʾAbū Yūsuf and Imām Muḥammad) took this view. It is sunna for the man to shave the pubic hair or to remove it with depilatory products. For women it is sunna to pluck pubic hair. Armpit hair can be shaved or plucked, both of which are sunna. However, it is better to pluck them. Shaving the hair on the chest or on the back is immoral (against the ʾAdab). It is frowned upon to let the nails, armpit hair, mustache or pubic hair grow longer than 40 days. As for the hair on the head, scholars have come to mixed conclusions. Some have said that for those who are not in the ʾIḥrām state, it is sunna to shave their hair every Friday. According to another opinion, it is permissible to shave your hair or let it grow out. With long hair it is sunna to comb a middle part. For a woman, it is āarām to shave her hair, even if her husband allows it; except when necessary. It is for both men and women to imitate ḥarām of the opposite sex. This is also one of the reasons why it is forbidden for men to shave their beards.

Mālikiyya: It is arām to shave the beard. It is sunna to cut the mustache; however, one should avoid shaving off completely. It is sunna to keep the mustache so short that the upper lip is not covered. It is sunna to pluck armpit hair. Plucking is preferred to shaving or removing hair with depilatory products. When plucking the armpit hair you start with the right armpit and it is also sunna to wash your hands afterwards. Shaving the pubic hair is sunna for both men and women. Likewise, it is sunna to remove pubic hair with hair removal products. For women as for men it is frowned upon to pluck pubic hair. Shaving shoulder, back and chest hair is allowed. It is frowned upon to shave part of the hair and not part of it. Complete shaving off of the scalp hair is permitted. It is mandatory for a woman to remove any unsightly body hair. If hair grows on her face, she has to remove it, and she is not allowed to remove the hair that makes you look more beautiful. It is haram for a woman to shave the hair of her head.

Ḥanbaliyya: It is arām to shave the beard. It is allowed to cut off the part that protrudes beyond the length of a fist. Allowing free growth over a fist's length is frowned upon. It is sunna to trim the mustache thoroughly. If the hair is kept clean, it is allowed to grow. If you have long hair, you should wash your hair and comb it, beginning to the right, to form a middle part. If the hair is shoulder length, it is allowed to be braided. Apart from a necessity, e.g. if the woman has a wound on the head or the like, it is frowned upon for a woman to cut / shave her hair short. To shave one's hair due to disaster (grief) is ḥarām. Shaving / trimming pubic hair or removing it with depilatory products is sunna. The plucking of the armpit hair is sunna. If you can't stand the pain, it is sunna to shave it. It is not frowned upon to remove hair that grows around the eyebrows or on the cheeks.

[Abdurraḥmān al-Ǧazirī, al-Fiqhu ʿāla l-Maḏāhibi l-Arbāʿa]