It is understood from that expression that to remove the hairs on the back and chest is not haram or tahriman makrooh for Hanafis. It can only be tanzihan makrooh, contrary to decency.

I was reading an article online and came accross these terms, I know what is makrooh but have no idea that there were two types.

So what is the difference between tahriman and tanzihan makrooh?

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Both classes of makruh acts are considered reprehensible and should be avoided (and doing so is a blessed act which would be rewarded); the main difference between a makruh tanzih act and a makruh tahrim act is whether performing them would be actually be considered sinful. On a scale of severity, they would look like this:

Mubah < Makruh Tanzih < Makruh Tahrim < Haram

Performing a makruh tanzih act is strongly discouraged, but would not necessarily warrant punishment in the hereafter (although to my understanding, many scholars claim that consistently and repeatedly performing makruh tanzih acts would be considered sinful, even if the single acts themselves would not). If something is makruh tahrim, on the other hand, it would be considered sinful and punished appropriately in the hereafter, but they are not so severe as to take one out of the fold of Islam (as would, for example, rejecting a haram ruling).

  • @goldpseudo Correct but without references.
    – Syedah
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 4:26
  • @servant OP didn't ask for references, and since this is just a basic definition of terms, i don't see why references are at all necessary.
    – goldPseudo
    Commented Aug 8, 2015 at 4:38

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