Read Part I here
The Naamisah and Mutanammisah
One of the most common sins women commit is plucking their eyebrows. As grave as this sin is – keeping in mind that the woman who plucks and gets it plucked is cursed – for some odd reason its pushed all the way down on the list of bad habits or sins to quit.
It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah said: “Allaah has cursed the women who do tattoos and those who ask for tattoos to be done, those who ask for their eyebrows to be plucked, and the women ask for their teeth to be filed for the purpose of beautification, changing the creation of Allaah.” A woman from the tribe of Bani Asad whose name was Umm Ya’qoob heard of that and she came and said, “I have heard that you have cursed So and so and So and so.” He said, “Why should I not curse those whom the Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam cursed and who are mentioned in the Book of Allaah?’ She said, “I have read what is between the two covers [of the Qur’aan], and I did not find anything in it like what you have said.” He said, “If you have read it, have you not read that Allaah says,
‘And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad) gives you, take it; and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it)’
She said, “Of course.” He said, “He forbade that.” She said, “I think your wife does it.” He said, “Go and look.” So she went and looked and she did not see what she was looking for. He said, “If she had been like that, she would not be with us.”
[Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4604; Muslim, 2125]
Ibn Hajar rahimahullaah said in Fath al-Bari [10/377] concerning the meaning of plucking the eyebrows:
“The mutanammisah is the one who asks another to pluck her eyebrows, and the naamisah is the one who does it. Al-nimaas means removing the hair of the face with tweezers. It was said that the word nimaas refers specifically to removing hair from the eyebrows in order to reduce them or make them straight. Abu Dawood said in al-Sunan: al-naamisah is the one who plucks the eyebrows in order to reduce them.”
Usually the first thing you see a woman giving up is make up. Yes, makeup should most definitely be avoided when going outside but shaping of the eye brows carries a much more severe punishment as the hadeeth clearly states!
Why is that? The first and only reason that comes to mind is the lack of khashyatillaah (fear of Allaah). Its because the heart is void of taqwa and so the nafs is willing to give up that which is easier upon it. This is a trick from shaytan because he makes the act thats given up seem highly significant in comparison to that which should take precedence over it. Like the hadeeth in al-Bukhaari states:
“Among the words people obtained from the First Prophecy are : If you feel no shame, then do as you wish.”
If the heart feels no shame when committing a sin knowing that its Creator is always watching its every whisper and move, then that heart is dead. That is the heart that is void of fear of Allaah.
Allaah created us in the most perfect of forms. He not only gave us beautiful bodies but He also blessed us with intellect and wisdom. Not sure why we use the latter so less.
Giving up this sin for some maybe the hardest thing to do, but do it for the sake of Allaah. So this week when your hand reaches out for the tweezer, pick it up and trash it. Don’t think twice. Don’t hesitate, because you are doing it for the sake of the One who did not create you in vain, rather He created you to worship and obey Him. Let’s be among those who readily proclaim: sami`na wa ata`na.
To be continued…