Seven Kings Muslim Educational Trust

I have a question regarding shaving/removing hair from ones private area. Which area’s are Fardh (compulsory) for a male to shave? JazakAllah

Salam AlaykumWa Rahmatullahi-Wa-Barakatuh

The Fuqahaa (Jurists) have mentioned that it is necessary for one to remove:

  • The pubic hair that appears above the private parts.
  • That hair that appears immediately surrounding the private parts.
  • The hair that is found on the private part itself.

Therefore it will be necessary to remove the hair that is found on the scrotum, the penis and the area immediately surrounding them. The area immediately under the navel is not counted as the pubic region, therefore not necessary to remove hair growing on that area.

وَالْمُرَاد ( بِالْعَانَةِ ) الشَّعْر الَّذِي فَوْق ذَكَرِ الرَّجُل وَحَوَالَيْهِ ، وَكَذَاك الشَّعْر الَّذِي حَوَالَيْ فَرْج الْمَرْأَة ،

(Sharah al-Nawawi ala Muslim Vol. 3-4 Pg. 140 Darul Ma`rifah)

 If the hair around the anus can be removed without difficulty, then it is highly preferable to remove this also.

  وَنُقِلَ عَنْ أَبِي الْعَبَّاس بْن سُرَيْج أَنَّهُ الشَّعْر النَّابِت حَوْل حَلْقَة الدُّبُر ، فَيَحْصُل مِنْ مَجْمُوع هَذَا اِسْتِحْبَاب حَلْق جَمِيع مَا عَلَى الْقُبُل وَالدُّبُر وَحَوْلهمَا

(Sharah al-Nawawi ala Muslim Vol. 3-4 Pg. 140)

  ويستحب إزالة شعر الدبر خوفا من أن يعلق به شيء من النجاسة الخارجة

(Tahtaawi ala Maraaqi al- Falaah Pg. 527 Ilmiyyah)

 Beside the private area, hair from the following areas should also be removed:

Underarm hair- It is preferable to remove the hair of the armpits by tweezing them. However, it is permissible to shave them.

وفي الابط يجوز الحلق والنتف اولي    (الفتاوي عالمكيرية 5358 رشيدية)

 Moustache Hair- One should not allow the hair to exceed the upper lip.

The pubic hair should be removed before the elapse of 40 days.  Imam Muslim in his Sahih narrates:

عن أنس بن مالك قال قال أنس وقت لنا فى قص الشارب وتقليم الأظفار ونتف الإبط وحلق العانة أن لا نترك أكثرمن أربعين ليلة (صحيح مسلم)

Anas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam) stipulated the time for trimming the moustache, clipping the nails, plucking the armpit hair, shaving the private parts, that it should not exceed forty days. (Sahih Muslim)

 And Allah Knows Best

[Mufti] Suhail Ilyas

Imam Seven Kings Masjid

London, UK