The eyebrow is an area of thick, delicate hair above the eye that follows the shape of the lower margin of the brow ridges of some mammals. Their main function is to prevent sweat, water, and other debris from falling down into the eye socket, but they are also important to human communication and facial expression.


Abbas Di Palma, Shaykh Abbas Di Palma holds a BA and an MA degree in Islamic Studies, and certifications from the Language Institute of Damascus University. He has also studied traditional Islamic sciences in... Answer updated 5 months ago

as salam alaikum

if it is done in a way that resembles women, it is not allowed. However there is no problem in the removal of extra-hair in a particular area in which they usually do not grow.

With prayers for your success.

Sayyed Mohammad Al-Musawi, Sayyed Mohammad al-Musawi is originally from Iraq and heads up the World Ahlul Bayt Islamic League in London. Other than being involved in various humanitarian projects, he frequently responds to... Answered 5 months ago

We have no evidence to say that it is (forbidden) for men to pluck their eyebrows or straighten them. The only evidence we have is against trying to look like women and vice versa. In many cultures, some men pluck their eyebrows as a part of their cultural practices with out any intention to resemble women. 



Seyed Ali Shobayri, Seyed Ali Shobayri is of mixed Iranian and Scottish descent who found the path of the Ahlul Bayt (a) by his own research. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University through the... Answered 5 months ago


Asalamu Alaykom, 

Some scholars would say that this is a type of adornment (zeenah) and should be covered from non-mahrams.  Others would say that they should be covered if considerd as zeenah according to the common customs. 

Others such as Sayed Sistani permit it based on the following conditions: 

Question: Is it permissible for a woman who does not observe hijãb to get rid of her facial hair, to straighten her eyebrows, and to wear natural and light make up?
Answer: Getting rid of facial hair and straightening the eyebrows do not prevent her from keeping her face open [while putting on the hijãb], provided she is confident of not getting sucked into something harãm and that exposing her face is not done with the intention of inviting harãm looks.

May Allah grant you success 


Zoheir Ali Esmail, Shaykh Zoheir Ali Esmail has a Bsc in Accounting and Finance from the LSE in London, and an MA in Islamic Studies from Middlesex University. He studied Arabic at Damascus University and holds a PhD... Answer updated 7 months ago


Thank you for your question. There is no problem in a man or woman removing the hair in between the eyebrows.

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Rebecca Masterton, Dr Rebecca Masterton graduated with a BA in Japanese Language and Literature; an MA in Comparative East Asian and African Literature and a PhD in Islamic literature of West Africa. She has been... Answered 1 year ago

The narration about not plucking the eyebrows is from Abu Hurayra, who even was accused by 'A'isha of narrating things that weren't true. He is rejected by Shi'i scholars due to his unreliability. Hence, there is no narration in Shi'i sources about women not being allowed to pluck their eyebrows.

Abolfazl Sabouri, Abolfazl Sabouri is based in New Zealand and has an MA in Jurisprudence and Islamic Studies. He is a graduate of Elmiyeh seminary in Qom with more than 15 years of study and research where he has... Answered 1 year ago

This Hadith is not authentic according to Shia ulama. According to Shia it is better to hide it from nun-mahram.