What Area of Pubic Hair Is Mandatory To Remove?


What area of pubic hair is mandatory to remove?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate,

It is necessary to remove the pubic hair, within every 40 days. [Nahlawi, al-Durar al-Mubaha]

What is meant by pubic hair is the hair that is on or around the private parts. This includes the hair on the testicles and beneath them. [Ibn Nujaym, al-Bahr al-Raiq]

Scholars also recommend the removal of hair near the anus as this is closer to cleanliness, especially with regards to washing after relieving oneself.


Natural State of Being (Fitra)

The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Five things are from the natural state (fitra): circumcision, shaving the private parts, trimming the nails, plucking the underarm hair, and trimming the moustache.” [Muslim]


Frequency of Grooming

The scholars have delineated the rulings of removing pubic hair according to the following frequencies:

1.  Recommended weekly
2. Permitted to delay up to 15 days
3. Prohibitively disliked (sinful) to delay beyond 40 days

[Nahlawi, al-Durar al-Mubaha fi al-Hazr wa al-Ibaha]

Anas bin Malik (Allah be pleased with him) said, “Trimming the moustache, cutting the nails, plucking the under-arm hair, and shaving the pubic region have been determined for us that we do not leave them for more than 40 nights.” [Muslim]


Methods of Grooming

Any method can be used to remove pubic hair. Shaving is the most conventional method, but any method that does not entail any physical harm or exposing one’s nakedness to any marriageable person (Ajnaby). [Ibn Nujaym, al-Bahr al-Raiq]

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I hope this helps,
Allah knows best.
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch


Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a teacher of Arabic, Islamic law, and spirituality. After accepting Islam in 2008, he then completed four years at the Darul Uloom seminary in New York where he studied Arabic and the traditional sciences. He then traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he stayed for three years studying in Dar Al-Mustafa under some of the greatest scholars of our time, including Habib Umar Bin Hafiz, Habib Kadhim al-Saqqaf, and Shaykh Umar al-Khatib. In Tarim, Shaykh Yusuf completed the memorization of the Qur’an and studied beliefs, legal methodology, hadith methodology, Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic history, and a number of texts on spirituality. He joined the SeekersGuidance faculty in the summer of 2019.