Is the growth of pubic hair a credible sign of puberty, and when is it obligatory to shave the pubic hair?


بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Is the growth of pubic hair a credible sign of puberty, and when is it obligatory to shave the pubic hair?▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

📩 Question:

Is the growth of pubic hair a credible sign of puberty, and when does it become obligatory to shave the pubic hair?

📝 Answer:

Yes, it is a credible sign of puberty, if it grows thick and rough, and it’s necessary to shave it off once it becomes thick and rough; shaving becomes obligatory in this case.

The prophet ﷺ said:
“Five things are part of the Fitrah (natural disposition)…and from these five is Al-istihdaad – shaving the pubic hairs.”
[Reported by Bukhaari and Muslim from the Hadeeth of Abu Hurayrah]

And in the Hadeeth of Anas, he (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
“The prophet ﷺ appointed for us in trimming the moustache, plucking the armpit hair, shaving the pubic hair and clipping the nails that we do not leave them longer than forty days.”

The prophet ﷺ deemed the roughening of the pubic hairs to be a credible sign of puberty, because he killed the (male combatants captured) from the tribe of Banee ‘Quraydha on the account of pubic hair; he (didn’t spare those) with pubic hair because he considered them to be adults, whereas (he spared) those who hadn’t yet grown any pubic hair, deeming them to be children.

So (he ﷺ used this) as a sign to determine whether or not they had reached adulthood.


Translated by:
Abu Sulaymaan Ammaar ibn Sufyaan Ba Alawi

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