Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a bizarre fatwa prohibiting Muslim women from plucking their eyebrows or cutting their hair in order “to look beautiful”, as per various reports.
The fatwa was issued on Saturday and was in response to a question from a Muslim man in Saharanpur who wanted to know whether Islamic allows women to dress (pluck, wax, thread or draw on) their eyebrows or cut their hair.
Here’s what Maulana Mufti Arshad Faruqui, head of the Darul Ifta, said:
“Dressing the eyebrow to look beautiful is against the tenets of Islam.”
“They (women) can trim the eyebrows if they have grown too long but doing it for the purpose of looking beautiful is un-Islamic. The same is expected from men too.”
“Hair is the beauty of a woman. It shouldn’t be cut unless it becomes unmanageable.”
Watch his video here:
Actually, this new diktat is just repetition because the seminary had issued this fatwa in 2009 also.
Here is the clerics’ decision as per the seminary’s website:
This regressive diktat drew angry reactions on social media as well as women activists:
Who is Darul-Uloom to decide what women do? Who made them ‘thekedars’ of our religion?: Mariyam Alam,Activist pic.twitter.com/XcpMcfXMWP— ANI (@ANI) October 7, 2017
Here is my opinion on the recent Fatwa on women going to beauty parlors and getting their eyebrows groomed. https://t.co/gG28ypNX69— Habib M Chowdhury (@habib_cm) October 8, 2017
Attention Hjabis & Niqabis: plucking your eyebrows has been declared ‘un-Islamic’ by India’s moustacheless Mullahs! https://t.co/H65y63GOMG— Tarek Fatah (@TarekFatah) October 7, 2017
Darul Uloom Deoband issue fatwa, Muslim women should not go to parlors. Why they didn’t tell Women to grow beard? huh. Where Feminists now?— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) October 7, 2017