Can A Husband Shave His Wife In Islam? Hidden Truth

Islam emphasizes cleanliness and purity and emphasizes personal hygiene. According to Islamic teachings, it is recommended to shave one’s pubic hair, as it can lead to an accumulation of dirt and bacteria, which can cause health problems.

However, is it okay for a husband to shave his wife’s private part hair when she has trouble shaving? Yes, the husband can shave his wife in private because it is his responsibility to keep his wife clean. Also, Surah An-Nisa, Ayat 34, states that men are the caretakers of women.

This indicates that there is no `awrah between a husband and his wife, and they are allowed to see and touch each other’s private parts. Throughout this post, we will explore this topic in-depth and provide you with all the information you need to know.

Can a Husband Shave His Wife in Islam: What Does the Quran Say?

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According to Al-Bukhaari and Muslims, Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Prophet ﷺ said:

“The Fitrah is five things – or five things are part of the Fitrah – circumcision, shaving the pubes, cutting the nails, plucking the armpit hairs, and trimming the mustache.” 

As per this hadith, Muslim men and women are advised to remove their pubic hair and armpit hair to remain clean. But whenever a woman faces difficulty (during pregnancy or illness) removing her private hair, she can request her husband for assistance. 

So, a couple can shave the pubes of one another since touching the private parts of one another is okay, whether it’s for enjoyment or anything else. It is mentioned in a sound Hadith that the Prophet ﷺ said:

“Conceal your private parts except from your wife or your slave woman.” [ Ahmad, Sheik al-Arnavoot graded it as good]

In the Quran, Allah SWT states that,

أُحِلَّ لَكُمْ لَيْلَةَ ٱلصِّيَامِ ٱلرَّفَثُ إِلَىٰ نِسَآئِكُمْ ۚ هُنَّ لِبَاسٌۭ لَّكُمْ وَأَنتُمْ لِبَاسٌۭ لَّهُنَّ ۗ عَلِمَ ٱللَّهُ أَنَّكُمْ كُنتُمْ تَخْتَانُونَ أَنفُسَكُمْ فَتَابَ عَلَيْكُمْ وَعَفَا عَنكُمْ ۖ فَٱلْـَٔـٰنَ بَـٰشِرُوهُنَّ وَٱبْتَغُوا۟ مَا كَتَبَ ٱللَّهُ لَكُمْ ۚ وَكُلُوا۟ وَٱشْرَبُوا۟ حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَكُمُ ٱلْخَيْطُ ٱلْأَبْيَضُ مِنَ ٱلْخَيْطِ ٱلْأَسْوَدِ مِنَ ٱلْفَجْرِ ۖ ثُمَّ أَتِمُّوا۟ ٱلصِّيَامَ إِلَى ٱلَّيْلِ ۚ وَلَا تُبَـٰشِرُوهُنَّ وَأَنتُمْ عَـٰكِفُونَ فِى ٱلْمَسَـٰجِدِ ۗ تِلْكَ حُدُودُ ٱللَّهِ فَلَا تَقْرَبُوهَا ۗ كَذَٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ ٱللَّهُ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَّقُونَ

Meaning: “…Your spouses are a garment for you as you are for them. Allah knows that you were deceiving yourselves…” [Surah Al-Baqarah: 187]

This verse clearly shows no `awrah (hidden body parts) between the husband and wife. So, shaving the pubic hair of one’s spouse is not illegal.

Allah SWT also states in Surah An-Nisa, Ayat:34,

ٱلرِّجَالُ قَوَّٰمُونَ عَلَى ٱلنِّسَآءِ بِمَا فَضَّلَ ٱللَّهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍۢ وَبِمَآ أَنفَقُوا۟ مِنْ أَمْوَٰلِهِمْ ۚ فَٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتُ قَـٰنِتَـٰتٌ حَـٰفِظَـٰتٌۭ لِّلْغَيْبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ ٱللَّهُ ۚ وَٱلَّـٰتِى تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ وَٱهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِى ٱلْمَضَاجِعِ وَٱضْرِبُوهُنَّ ۖ فَإِنْ أَطَعْنَكُمْ فَلَا تَبْغُوا۟ عَلَيْهِنَّ سَبِيلًا ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيًّۭا كَبِيرًۭا

Meaning:Men are the caretakers of women, as men have been provisioned by Allah over women and tasked with supporting them financially. And righteous women are devoutly obedient and, when alone, protective of what Allah has entrusted them with…”

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior Islamic scholar, and lecturer at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, states: There is nothing wrong for a husband or wife, if they so desire, to shave one another’s pubic hair since they can see and touch parts of their bodies that should be hidden.

Also, Mufti Ebrahim Desai states that it is acceptable for husbands and wives to see each other’s private parts

So, if a woman has difficulty removing her public hair, she can ask her husband for help. The purpose is to shave the hair whichever way is allowed, and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best.

The Importance of Hygiene in Islam: Shaving Pubic Hair

Islam places great emphasis on maintaining hygiene and cleanliness, and shaving one’s pubic hair is recommended for both men and women. As there is no `awrah between husband and wife in Islam, it is permissible for a husband to shave his wife’s pubic hair, or vice versa, as long as both parties are comfortable with it.

Consent and mutual agreement in marriage are essential. Therefore, seeking permission before performing such an act is highly recommended. Let us all strive to maintain hygiene and cleanliness in our lives and relationships with our spouses.

Omar Abdullah

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