In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.
In this fatwa:
With regard to your question, The Standing Committee for Islamic Research and Ifta’ states:
Muslims enjoy the highest standard of personal hygiene of all the people in the world.
Allah says in the Qur’an: “Truly, Allah loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers etc.)” (Al Baqarah 2:222)
Plucking is better if one can manage it, because the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said: “The fitrah (natural disposition) consists of five things: circumcision, trimming the mustache, cutting the nails, plucking the armpit hair and shaving the pubic hairs.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Almighty Allah knows best.
Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.