Fatwa: # 19660
Category: Menstruation
Country: United Kingdom
Date: 27th December 2011


Is it permissible for a woman to observe the body of another woman as a beautician?


Iam a beautician in uk.iam only working with ipl permanent hair reduction.please could you tell me if it is permissble and also according to shariah which part of body iam not allow to do.iam only working on womens as lot of womens want to have their upper legs hair removed and could you also tell me what is the awra of women front of women.some say the awra whole part of body except hands, feet,face.could you please clearly state what is allowed.jazakumullah


In principle, the awra of a woman in front of other muslim women is the area between the navel and the knees.[1]

A muslim woman can see the entire body of another muslim woman with the exception of the area between the navel and the knees.


The awra of a woman in front of non-muslim women is the entire body except the hands, face and the feet.[2]

A non-muslim woman cannot see the body of a muslim woman except for the hands, face and the feet.


It is only permissible to look at someone’s awra at the time of need. For example, medical reasons. A doctor is permitted to look at the awra of a woman during pregnancy or in a case of  injuries in that area etc.

Hence, in your case as a beautician, there is no Sharī need for you to look at women’s thighs to remove the hair from there.



And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Mawlana Abdul Hannan Nizami,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] الهداية في شرح بداية المبتدي (4/ 370(

قال: "وتنظر المرأة من المرأة إلى ما يجوز للرجل أن ينظر إليه من الرجل" لوجود المجانسة، وانعدام الشهوة غالبا كما في نظر الرجل إلى الرجل


[2] الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (6/ 371(

(وَالذِّمِّيَّةُ كَالرَّجُلِ الْأَجْنَبِيِّ فِي الْأَصَحِّ فَلَا تَنْظُرُ إلَى بَدَنِ الْمُسْلِمَةِ) مُجْتَبًى

الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (6/ 371(

وَنَقَلَهُ فِي الْعِنَايَةِ وَغَيْرِهَا عَنْ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، فَهُوَ تَفْسِيرٌ مَأْثُورٌ وَفِي شَرْحِ الْأُسْتَاذِ عَبْدِ الْغَنِيِّ النَّابُلُسِيِّ عَلَى هَدِيَّةِ ابْنِ الْعِمَادِ عَنْ شَرْحِ وَالِدِهِ الشَّيْخِ إسْمَاعِيلَ عَلَى الدُّرَرِ وَالْغُرَرِ: لَا يَحِلُّ لِلْمُسْلِمَةِ أَنْ تَنْكَشِفَ بَيْنَ يَدَيْ يَهُودِيَّةٍ أَوْ نَصْرَانِيَّةٍ أَوْ مُشْرِكَةٍ إلَّا أَنْ تَكُونَ أَمَةً لَهَا كَمَا فِي السِّرَاجِ،

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