Cosmetic Surgery for the purpose of beautification is prohibited — June 21, 2012

Cosmetic Surgery for the purpose of beautification is prohibited

Cosmetic surgery may be divided into two categories: 

1 – Essential surgery: 

These are operations that are done to remove faults, such as those that result from sickness, traffic accidents, burns, etc. or to remove congenital defects with which a person was born, such as to remove an extra digit or separate fused digits, etc. 

This kind of operation is permissible. There is evidence in the Sunnah to indicate that they are permissible and that the one who does them does not intend to change the creation of Allaah. 

(i)                It was narrated from ‘Arfajah ibn As’ad that he lost his nose in the battle of al-Kulaab during the Jaahiliyyah, so he wore a nose made of silver but it became putrid, so the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told him to wear a nose made of gold. Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1770; Abu Dawood, 4232; al-Nasaa’i, 5161. This hadeeth was classed as hasan by Shaykh al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 824.

(ii)              It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursing those women who pluck their eyebrows and file their teeth for the purpose of beautification and change the creation of Allaah. Narrated by al-Bukhaari and Muslim. 

Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: 

With regard to the phrase “those who file their teeth”, this refers to those who did that for the purpose of beautification and looking younger. This indicates that what is haraam is that which is done for the purpose of beautification; but if it is needed for medical treatment or to correct a fault in the teeth and so on, there is nothing wrong with it. And Allaah knows best. 

2 – The second type of cosmetic surgery is that which is done for the purpose of beautification. 

These are operations that are done to improve the appearance in the eye of the beholder, such as making the nose look more beautiful by making it smaller, or making the breasts look more beautiful by making them smaller or larger, or facelifts, and so on. 

This kind of surgery is not for any necessary reason, rather the purpose is to change the creation of Allaah and tinker with it according to people’s whims and desires. So this is haraam and it is not permissible to do it, because it is changing the creation of Allaah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“They (all those who worship others than Allaah) invoke nothing but female deities besides Him (Allaah), and they invoke nothing but Shaytaan (Satan), a persistent rebel!

118. Allaah cursed him. And he [Shaytaan (Satan)] said: ‘I will take an appointed portion of your slaves.

119. ‘Verily, I will mislead them, and surely, I will arouse in them false desires; and certainly, I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allaah’”

[al-Nisa’ 4:117-119] 

The Shaytaan is the one who tells people to change the creation of Allaah. 

See: Ahkaam al-Jaraahah al-Tibbiyyah by Shaykh Muhammad al-Mukhtaar al-Shanqeeti. 

— December 25, 2011
Do not’s for an Islamic Wedding — December 24, 2011

Do not’s for an Islamic Wedding

With regard to having a wedding party in the Islamic manner, one should keep away from the things which are forbidden in sharee’ah but which many people do not pay attention to during celebrations, such as the following:

With regard to the woman: going to a male, non-mahram hairdresser to have her hair done; or adorning herself in ways that are haraam, such as thinning the eyebrows by plucking them, or wearing tattoos, or wearing hair extensions, or other kinds of haraam things, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed the one who plucks eyebrows and the one who has that done, the one who adds hair extensions and the one who asks to have that done; imitating the kuffaar in their dress, because usually the wedding dress shows many of the woman’s charms and her body, in such a way that the dress is very revealing – we seek refuge with Allaah – and also a great deal of money is wasted on the dress.

Among the haraam actions that have to do with the man are: shaving his beard for the wedding night, which is done on the grounds that this makes him look more handsome, but this is something which is haraam according to sharee’ah; letting one’s clothes hang below the ankle (isbaal).

There follows a list of haraam things which both men and women should avoid in the wedding party:

  1. Mixing of men with women, and things that are involved in that, such as greeting and shaking hands with one another, and men and women dancing together, because all of that is haraam and is a very serious matter.
  2. Taking pictures, whether men do that amongst themselves or women do that amongst themselves.
  3. Drinking alcohol or eating pork.
  4. Letting the husband come in to where the women are in order to take his wife.
  5. Women wearing revealing, tight or short clothes amongst themselves, because this is haraam – so how about wearing such things in front of men?
  6. People should avoid spending extravagantly or going to extremes in showing off in wedding parties, because that may wipe out the blessing.
  7. The husband and wife exchanging rings and thus imitating the kuffaar, thinking that this will increase the husband’s love for his wife and vice versa.
  8. The practice of establishing ridiculously high dowries.

Finally, both partners should know that the more the teachings of Islam are followed in the wedding party, the more blessed their marriage will be, the more love and harmony there will be between them, and the less problems they will encounter in their married life.

For if the married life is based from the outset on haraam things which go against the commands of Allaah, how can they expect the marriage to be successful after that?

There have been many marriages in which there were things that went against the commands of Allaah, and they did not last.

Fear Allaah with regard to this party and keep it free of things that are forbidden in Islam


Plucking Eyebrows by Asma bint Shameem — November 1, 2011

Plucking Eyebrows by Asma bint Shameem

A Topic We Pretend Does Not Exist By Asma bint Shameem

Today’s topic is about something we DON’T really want to talk about. It’s about…

Plucking Eyebrows

This is a topic we just want to avoid or hope it would go away – although, not thinking about it does not mean that the Hukm (order/ruling) isn’t there [and doesn’t exist]. And you know what? It is sad to say that 90% of our sisters are guilty of doing it. 

But dear Sister, have you really thought about it? 
What does Islam REALLY say about shaping the eyebrows? 

It says in “Fatawa Al-Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen”: 

‘Plucking of women’s eyebrows is not permissible. The Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings be upon him) cursed the one who does it. It is Haram and is not permitted.’ 

The Evidence

Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings be upon him) say: 

Allah has CURSED* the woman who does tattoos and the one who has them done, the woman who plucks eyebrows and the one who has it done, and the one who files her teeth for the purpose of beauty, altering the creation of Allah. [Bukhari & Muslim]

*Cursed means ‘cast out from the Mercy of Allah. It is the Mercy of Allah that makes a person to enter Paradise. He/she who is out cast from the Mercy will not enter it. The curse is not permanent but it is lifted when a person sincerely repents to Allah for this mistake. So one should not feel doomed because they committed this mistake when they were in days of Jahiliyyah (ignorance).

Removing or plucking the eyebrows implies changing the creation of Allah, as Allah tells us that the Shaytan said:

“…and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allah.” [Noble Quran4:119] 

Can You do it if (You Think) it Makes You Look Ugly?

Allah is Wise in what He decrees for His slaves. Some people are beautiful in appearance and some are not; the entire matter is in the hand of Allah. It is essential to be patient and seek reward with Allah, and not to transgress His sacred limits for the sake of one’s own whims and desires. 

What About Hair on Her Face (Like Chin, Upper Lip, Etc.) & The Rest of Her Body?

There is no sin on a woman if she removes hair on her upper lip, thighs, calves and arms. This is not part of the plucking that is forbidden. It is one of the things concerning which Shari’ah did not say anything, so the ruling is that it is permissible, since whatever Shari’ah did not say anything about, in the Quran or Sunnah, is allowed.

“What is Halal is that which Allah has permitted in His Book, and what is Haram is that which Allah has forbidden in His Book, and whatever He has not said anything about is allowable.” [Ath-Tirmidhi-Hasan]

What About Plucking The Hair Between The Eyebrows?

The Ulama tell us that it is permissible to pluck it, because it is not part of the eyebrows.

Can a Woman do it if Her Husband Asks Her to do so?

It says in Fatawa Al-Lajnah Ad-Da’imah: ‘It is not permissible to remove the hair of the eyebrows because this is the plucking for which the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings be upon him) cursed those who do it, and it is a kind of changing the creation of Allah, which is the action of the Shaytan. If a woman’s husband tells her to do it, she should not obey him, because it is a sin, and there is no obedience to any created being if it involves disobedience towards the Creator. Rather obedience should only be with regard to things that are good and proper, as the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said.’ 

OK, I am Not Plucking it. But, Can I shape it, Cut it, etc? 

Sheikh Ibn Jibrin said: “It is not permissible to cut the hair of the eyebrows, or to shave it, reduce it or pluck it. This is not the matter of beauty, rather it is altering the creation of Allah Who is the Best of creators. A warning has been narrated against doing that and the one who does it is cursed; this implies that it is forbidden.” 

So, This is it?

The evidence is clear. There is no difference of opinion among the Ulama about it.

Plucking your eyebrows is Haram. Plain and Simple. No ifs and butsabout it. The Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said it. The Ulama explained it – you have been informed about it and you have been Warned. Now, it is up to you to decide. Do you want to be the one who “listens and obeys”? Or are you going to be like the one whom Allah describes:

“And when Our Verses are recited to such a one, he turns away in pride, as if he heard them not – as if there were deafness in his ear. So announce to him a painful torment.” [Noble Quran 31:7]

Surely, you are NOT going to be that one! Then, give it up, my dear Sister. It’s simply not worth it. You look beautiful even if you didn’t pluck your eyebrows. Don’t let the Kuffar get to you. Don’t be the one whom Allah curses.

Just think! How can anyone expect goodness and success in this life OR in the Hereafter if Allah’s curse is on them?

O Allah, save us from Your Curse and guide us to the Right Path. Ameen. There is no better time to start than today.

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Khadejah Jones
Share Islam Team

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