why do we have pubic hair islam
The answer to this question is that there isn't a "specific way" as we have for wudhu or ghusl. The process of shaving can be done anyhow provided you exercise precaution in doing so. As regards whether it is an obligation or optional, the jurists (may Allaah have mercy upon them) agreed that it is a recommended act for men and women, however, some jurists (may Allaah have mercy upon them) are of the view that it is an obligation on the woman if her husband orders her to do so. Ibn Muflih (may Allaah have mercy upon him) said in Al-Aadaab
Ash-Shar'iyyah (the religious etiquettes): ' It is disliked to delay
shaving the pubic hair, plucking out armpit hair and trimming one's
moustache more than the stated period. ' The stated period is forty
days as Imaam Muslim(may Allaah have mercy upon him) reported that
Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: " The period that was
prescribed for us to trim our moustache, clip our nails, pluck out our
armpit hair and shave our pubic hair is forty days. " Of course it
was the Prophet Sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his
mention ) who determined for them this period of forty days, so it is
disliked to leave them longer than this period of time.
I had asked some knowledgeable people in my local area and they have said that it should be done in 40 days as in the above hadith. Though some people claim that it nullifies all your good deeds if not shaved within 40 days, the shaving of hair doesn't come as a compulsion for making your prayer valid, rather it is an act of Fitrah as mentioned in the hadith in the question.
They are part of 'Taharah' (Cleanliness)
Regarding Scissors, the main objective is to cut them short, so the use of scissors is deemed permissible. It was said to Ahmad Bin Hanbal: What is your opinion of a man that cuts down below with scissors and he does not cut it all off? He said: I hope that is sufficient by the will of Allah. It was said: O Abu Abdullah what do you say about a man who plucks his pubic hair? He said: And does anyone have the strength to do this?. And shaving the pubic hair, plucking it,removing it with lime or arsenic are all permitted as long as the aim is fulfilled which is the removal of the hair and cleaning the place. On the authority of Abu Muhammad al-Hasan bin Ali bin Abi Talib, the grandson of the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu цalayhi wasallam, and who is dearest to him, radiyallahu цanhuma, who said: цI committed to memory from the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu цalayhi wasallam, (the following words): Leave that about which you are in doubt for that about which you are in no doubt. [Al-Tirmidhi and al-Nasaцi related it, and al-Tirmidhi said: It is a good and genuine Hadith] So better not take risks.
Allah knows best!! Baarakallahu Feekum. :) Al-Nawawi said: what is meant by al- aanah is the hair which is above and around the man s penis, and the hair around the woman s vagina. It was reported from Abu l- Abbaas ibn Surayj that it is the hair that grows around the back passage. From all of this, we may understand that it is mustahabb to shave all the hair from the front and back and all around them.
Shaving is mentioned because this is the most common method, but it is also permissible to remove hair by waxing, plucking, etc. Abu Shaamah said: al- aanah is the hair that grows on the rakab, which is what is underneath the bulge of the abdomen and above the private parts. Or it was said that it is the exterior of the private parts; or the private part itself, whether of a man or a woman. It is mustahabb to remove the hair from the front and back, indeed it is more important to remove the hair from the back, lest any faeces get stuck to it and cannot be removed by cleaning it with water or with stones, tissues, etc. Depilatory agents (waxing, sugaring, etc. ) may be used instead of shaving, or the hair may be plucked or cut.
Ahmad was asked about removing the pubic hair with scissors. He said, I hope this will be good enough. He was asked, What about plucking? He said, Could anyone do that? Ibn Daqeeq al- Eed said: the scholars of the Arabic language said: al- aanah is the hair that grows around the private part, or it was said that it is where the hair grows. This is what was meant in the report. Abu Bakr ibn al- Arabi said: The pubic hair is the body hair which it is most important to remove, because it grows thick and dirt gets trapped in it. Ibn Daqeeq al- Eed said: it is as if those who said it is mustahabb to shave the hair around the back passage mentioned this by way of analogy. And Allaah knows best.
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