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Q: Should women shave their pubic hair after each menstruation?


A: All Praise be to Allah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family and Companions. Removing pubic hair, whether by plucking, use of Nawrah (a substance used as a depilatory), shaving, or cutting, is one of the Sunan-ul-Fitrah (Islamic practices of personal hygiene) that is encouraged in Islam and desirable. However, it has not been limited to be done after menstruation.It is related by Ahmad, Al-Bukhari, Muslim, and the As-hab-ul-Sunan (authors of Hadith compilations classified by jurisprudential themes) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, "There are five practices of the Fitrah (natural disposition): Shaving pubic hair, circumcision, trimming (Part No. 5; Page No. 128) moustaches, removing underarm hair, and cutting nails." Also it is authentically reported on the authority of Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) that he said, The Prophet (peace be upon him) told us not to leave trimming moustaches, cutting nails, removing hair from the armpits, and shaving pubic hair for more than forty days. Related by Muslim and Ibn Majah. It was also related by Ahmad, Al-Tirmidhy, Al-Nasa'y and Abu Dawud, who narrated it with the following wordings: "The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) specified the time for us..."May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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