Is it permissible to shave, to trim nails and to have eyebrows plucked when a person is junub or in menstruation?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

A junub person should not shave, trim his nails and should not have any parts leave his body before he makes ghusl. He should do them after making ghusl and being clean.

It is not haram for a junub person to shave or to have a haircut and to trim his nails but it is not appropriate. Imam Ghazali states the following in his book called Ihyau Ulum ad-Din:

It is not appropriate for a junub person to trim his nails, to have a haircut, to shave his pubic pits, to get blood drawn or to have a part broken off from his body. For, the whole body will return in the hereafter; the thing cut off or shaved will return as junub. (Mughnil-Muhtaj, I/75; Halil Gönenç, Günümüz Meselelerine Fetvalar)

- Why should one do them after making ghusl but not when he is junub?

Man is a reverend being and it is necessary to show respect to all of his reverend organs. Even if it is nail, it should not leave the body when the body is dirty. Therefore, man should not cut his hair, beard, nails, etc. from his body when he is junub.   

If a person shaves, trims his nails and cuts off a part from his body when he is junub, his ghusl is not harmed or invalidated. Such a person is regarded to have committed a makruh deed.

The same thing is valid for women who are in their menstruation period or puerperium. They should not shave and trim their nails when they are in such states and prefer to do them after making ghusl.   

However, if they do them before ghusl, their ghusl is valid. There is no need to have doubts about it. Women had better shave and trim their nails before their menstruation period or puerperium. However, if it becomes necessary again to shave and trim their nails again in puerperium, which is a long period, it can be regarded as an excuse.

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