I have been told, but today I came across the actual hadith! I have stopped plucking my eye brows since I was told just to stay on the safe side. However I should have definitely been more proactive and looked for the hadith ASAP. As follows:
Narrated Alqamah: Abdullah (bin Masud) said ” Allah curses those ladies who practise tatooing and those who get themselves tatooed, and those ladies who get their hair removed from their eyebrows and faces except the beard and moustache, and those who make artificial spaces between their teeth in order to look more beautiful whereby they change Allah’s creation”. His saying reached a lady from Banu Asad, called Umm Ya’qub, who came to Abdullah and said: “I have come to know that you have cursed such-and-such ladies?” He replied, “Why should I not curse these whom Allah;s Messenger (pbuh) has cursed and who are (cursed) in Allah’s book!” Umm Yaqub said ” I have read the whole Quran, but I did not find in it what you say “. He said “Verily, if you have read it, you have found it. Didn’t you read : “And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammand (pbuh)) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it). (Quran V 59: 7). She said, “Yes, I did”, He said, “Verily Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) forbade such things” She said, “But I see your wife doing these things?” He said “Go and watch her”. She went and watched her but could not see anything in support to her statement. On that he said, “If my wife was as you thought, I wouldnt not keep her in my company ” (i.e I would divorce her).
Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol. 60 Hadith # 408
I have also pasted a link from Sunnipath which goes into details, the ruling on this.
Basically facial hair that makes a woman look like a man (beard area, moustache) is permitted to be removed (beautification is encouraged actually when done for one’s husband to see). The fiqh @ Sunni path also say it is allowed to remove facial hair which looks defective, such as mono brow or extremely bushy eyebrows which creates abhorrence to one’s husband. For bushy eyebrows, just clipping the edges, but with caution so as not to change the shape of the eyebrow, as I understand.
Although I thought my original eyebrows may qualify for a little trim, I had to be honest with myself regarding this ruling hence sought opinion from Hubby !
Edit Note: 1/6/2011 Thank you sister Reem for pointing out the mistake in the referral hadith. I have corrected it. HAdith Bukhari Volume 60, hadith number 408