Is it Permissible to Have Laser Hair Removal of the Back Done by a Female?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I hope you are in good health. I have a lot of unsightly hair on my back. I know that laser hair removal is allowed. I live in Europe, and laser hair removal is only done by women here. As long as I am covered from belly button to knee, is it ok to have it done by an employee because I can’t find a male employee?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

It is permissible for men to remove hair from their chest and back, although it is against proper manners. However, it is not impermissible.

“To shave the chest and back is against proper manners and contrary to proper manners. (adab).” [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar; Al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya; Rada al-Haq, Fatawa Darul ulum Zakariyya]

One should avoid removing hair from the chest and the back If there is no need. However, suppose there is a need, for a reason, like a follicle infection, dislikeness by wife, unsightly hair, like in your case, etc. In that case, there is nothing wrong in removing it, temporarily or permanently, subject to no potential harm occurring. Read the links below.

Laser Hair Removal by a Female Employee

Although you will have your nakedness (satr) covered, it would not be advisable to have it removed by a female employee. In the meantime, use temporary means, like cream, to remove the hair until you find a male employee.

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I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey.

He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.