Is it okay for men to shave their legs, arms, chest and back?
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Is it okay for men to shave their legs, arms, chest and back? Is it okay for them to use shaving creams made for men?
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Can men shave unwanted hair
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Al-Muwatta Hadith 49.3
Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "There are five things from the fitra (nature): cutting the nails, removing the hair from the armpit, shaving the pubic region, and trimming the moustache and circumcision (for men)."
The Messenger of Allah (saws) guided the believing men to trim their moustache, and the believing men and women to remove the unwanted hair from under their armpits and the pubic region on a regular basis. There is nothing in the Quran or the Sunnah which prohibits the believers from removing ones excess hair from ones arms, or legs, or chest, or back, etc., either through shaving, waxing, clipping, or through the use of shaving or waxing creams, etc., if one wishes to do so.
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