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In summer when going to Swimming, it can be quite embarrassment to go with hairy body. Also I do not personally like hairs on my body. I am not sure if Islam allows shaving the body?

If yes, can one shave the whole body or only any part of it?

What about Muslim women?

If they have this problem, can they shave too?

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The only hair areas that I am aware of that have restrictions are:

The beard for men

Narrated By Ibn 'Umar : Allah's Apostle said, "Cut the moustaches short and leave the beard (as it is)."

Sahih al-Bukhary, The Book of Dress, Hadith Number:5954

The eyebrows for women

Narrated By 'Abdullah : Allah has cursed those women who practise tattooing and those who get themselves tattooed, and those who remove their face hairs, and those who create a space between their teeth artificially to look beautiful, and such women as change the features created by Allah. Why then should I not curse those whom the Prophet has cursed? And that is in Allah's Book. i.e. His Saying: 'And what the Apostle gives you take it and what he forbids you abstain (from it).' (59.7)

Sahih al-Bukhary, The Book of Dress, Hadith Number:5994

Removing hair from the rest of the body is halal, and in some areas (arm pits and pubic area) it is sunnah.

Narrated By Abu Huraira : I heard the Prophet saying. "Five practices are characteristics of the Fitra: circumcision, shaving the pubic hair, cutting the moustaches short, clipping the nails, and depilating the hair of the armpits."

Sahih al-Bukhary, The Book of Dress, Hadith Number:5952

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