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Temporary Lip Fillers

Ustadh Tabraze Azam is asked if having one’s lips filled for beautification is permissible in Islam.

Question:

Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

Are lip fillers permissible in Islam given that they are non surgical and of temporary nature, lasting up to approximately six months? It has become very common now and something that is very easily accessible to the youth so I was wondering if you could shed some light on this topic.

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

The basis is that cosmetic treatments for purposes of mere beautification (tajmil) are impermissible because they entail changing or altering the natural form of a human being without due need. The jurists considered this to be a form of unnecessary mutilation (muthla).

Abd Allah ibn Mas‘ud, may Allah be well-pleased with him, is reported to have said, “Allah’s Mercy is distant from women who tattoo others and get tattoos, women who pluck their eyebrows and have their eyebrows plucked, and women who file their teeth to make gaps for beauty, altering Allah’s creation.” (Muslim)

This is the judgement of some major international fiqh academies, and also many contemporary scholars. As for corrective procedures, and exceptional cases, their ruling is clearly different. But whenever the limb is within the realm of normality, it is not acceptable to surgically alter it.

It’s often healthier to simply work on your contentment (rida) and gratitude (shukr) than to seek ways of making yourself seem “more attractive,” according to the standards of those lacking in much faith or certitude.

(Qurra Daghi/Muhammadi, Fiqh al-Qadaya al-Tibbiyya al-Mu‘asira 539; Majma‘ al-Fiqh al-Islami al-Hind 271)

Please also see Is It Permissible to Get Botox Injections? and Can I Remove Hair on My Cheeks?

And Allah Most High knows best.

Wassalam,

Tabraze Azam

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.


 

What Is the Islamic Ruling on Water Liposuction?

Answered by Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari

Question: What is the Islamic ruling on water liposuction?

 

Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

As explained in previous answers that although Islam allows, and even encourages to some extent, non-surgical means of beautification, it prohibits having one’s body altered through surgical means due to the explicit texts of the Qur’an and Sunna prohibiting mutilation (muthla) and changing the nature created by Allah Most High (taghyir khalq Allah). All surgical procedures carried out on the body for the purpose of adornment have been prohibited by classical jurists (fuqaha).

As such, the surgical removal of excess body fat which lies just under the skin by way of liposuction is not permitted for beatification/cosmetic reasons. You have inquired about the permissibility of the innovative liposuction technique called AQUALIPO as opposed to traditional liposuction. Although harms are minimized in this method given that fat is removed gently with water-jet and there is no need for general anesthetic, hence less risk of complications, no major blood loss, less bruising and swelling, etc, it is nevertheless a surgical means of removing fatty tissue through the process of suction. It would still require a large bore cannula to be inserted to suck fat out, and thus the skin will be cut surgically, and the incision may even require stitching.

Liposuction will be permitted due to a genuine medical need. If a reliable physician advices that you should have the fat removed for health reasons, you may do so. Likewise, if the body fat is such that it is considered an abnormality to the point that it leads to a great deal of hardship and psychological pain, and there is no alternative besides resorting to liposuction, it will be permitted, for Islam permits bringing back to normality areas of the body that are deformed or damaged.

Imam Abu Dawud, Imam Nasa’i and Imam Tirmidhi (Allah have mercy on them) have recorded in their respective Sunan collections, that a Companion Arfaja ibn Aswad (Allah be pleased with him) had his nose damaged in the battle of kulab. He replaced it first with silver and then with a nose made of gold, with the consent of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace). This permission was granted despite gold being unlawful for men.

As such, it is best that each individual case is discussed with a reliable scholar, Insha Allah.

And Allah knows best

Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari
Darul Iftaa, Leicester, UK
www.daruliftaa.com

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Is Body Piercing Allowed for Men?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: Why is body piercing not acceptable for the man …especially if they do pierce their ears. Would you kindly give me some  Quranic and Hadith reference. I need to explain to a brother.

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and states.

Mutilation

Body piercing is considered a type of mutilation (muthla), which is unlawful in Islam. Our bodies are a trust (amana) granted to us by Allah, and we are ordered to preserve this trust and maintain our bodies well.

There are many hadiths on this prohibition, such as:

–The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) forbade robbery and mutilation (muthla). [Sahih Bukhari]

–Various Companions (Allah be pleased with them) relate that, “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) would encourage us to give charity (sadaqa) and prohibit us from mutilation (muthla).” [Abu Dawud, Nasa’i]

The exception to this ruling is with respect to women, who are allowed to pierce specifically their ears or noses, as that is considered a type of adornment recognized by the Sacred Law. For women to pierce other parts of the body, or for men to pierce any part of their bodies, is not recognized as adornment and hence remains unlawful mutilation. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Imitation

Finally, for a man to pierce his ear entails his imitation of women, and in many hadiths our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) cursed men who imitate women and women who imitate men. [Sahih Bukhari, Abu Dawud]

And Allah knows best.
wassalam
Faraz

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani