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Question: I understand that women are allowed to remove facial hair if it makes them look like a male in any way but are they allowed to remove hair from their arms and legs. If they are allowed to remove hair form arms and legs are they allowed to use a blade?
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I have answered a similar question before; therefore, I wish to reproduce it below. But before doing so, let me give a word of advice to all questioners: Before asking a question, please check to see whether your question has been answered before. You can do so by inserting the key words in the search. If the answer given, however, does not address the specific points you have in mid, then you are free to submit the question by saying so. But given the sheer volume of questions we receive, we answer them based on an order of priorities. May Allah help us all to serve His cause as best as we can-aameen.

"Islam generally encourages Muslims to appear neat, tidy and well groomed; this applies equally to males and females. Greater emphasis in this matter, however, has been placed on married couples more than others; the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) set the perfect role model for all married couples when he said, “I prepare myself for my spouse, and she prepares herself for me!” The reason for this is not hard to comprehend, as such appearance may go a long away in contributing towards marital stability and fulfillment as the spouses are supposed to serve as garments of protection for one another.

In keeping with the above spirit, we find the Islamic sources laying greater stress in recommending wives to appear attractive before their spouses. The only limitation applicable here is resorting to practices that may amount to direct altering and tampering with Allah’s creation, for such practices are considered as clearly forbidden in Islam. Such forbidden practices include face-lift, breast enlargement, changing the natural color of the hair, bleaching, (plucking the eyebrows), etc.
All other forms of beautification, however, are considered permissible for females, especially married women. Such is the case with shaving their arms and legs, facial hair, and underarms, et cetera. Since there is nothing in the sources to prohibit such practices, they are considered permissible. In fact, shaving the armpits and pubic hair is considered highly recommended, while shaving other parts is permissible. When asked about such beautification by a married woman, `A’ishah, the Mother of the Faithful, replied, “Do whatever you can to appear attractive to your spouse!”

One must, however, add a word of caution here: `A’ishah was referring only to permissible forms of beautification that do not involve tampering with Allah’s creation."

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