I have been asked this umpteen times,

“Can a woman use razor…”

and after I have replied them in the affirmative, the next expected question would be, ‘What is the proof from the Quran and Sunnah because I have been told woman should not use metal on her body..,”

…and what they mean is, ‘Give me clear hadeeth which says it is allowed…’


My dear sisters, we have to understand that these restrictions are made up by people , so if anybody is required to bring proof, then it is those who claim such a restriction.

All we can say is that such a restriction is not levied by Islam.

…but for the assurance of sisters, I will quote a fatwa about the permissibility to remove hair by ANY means. So it is absolutely fine whether you use depilatory creams, wax or razor to get rid of the unwanted hair.


Q: Is it permissible to shave the armpit hair using a razor?

A: ...Yes, it is permissible, because what is required is to remove the armpit hair, whether by plucking, shaving or some other method.

However, plucking is better if it is easy to do so, because the Prophet (sallallahu alihi wasallam) said, “Five (practices) correspond to the Fitrah (natural disposition); circumcision, removing the pubic hair, trimming the moustache, clipping the nails, and plucking the armpit hair.” (Agreed upon by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

end quote, fatwas of the Permanent Committee (Group 1 – part: 5/ page: 171)

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta | Member: Abdullah ibn Qa`ud | Deputy Chairman: Abdul-Razzaq `Afify | Chairman: Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah ibn Baz