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Friday, 8 June 2012

The Rules of Beautification in Islam

Jewellery
Jewellery of all metals and stones are permissible for women. Also note that jewellery should be of the quiet or silent type, as the jingle attracts unwanted attention.

NB. Gold is permissible for sisters only. Males are not allowed to wear gold in Islam, as it is Haram for them.

Hazrat Ali narrates, "I saw the Messenger of Allah holding a piece of gold in his left hand and a silk cloth in his right hand. Then he said, 'These two are forbidden for the males of my Ummah.'" [Abu Dawud]

Haircuts
Haircuts are permissible for women as it is important to keep clean and look presentable. However, haircuts & hairdos should not imitate that of a man, and hair must hang below the shoulders.

Plucking eyebrows
It is completely Haram to pluck or shape the eyebrows, or to shave them and paint/pencil in new ones.

The Prophet said, “Allah has cursed those women who modify their eyebrows or ask others to do it for them.” [Bukhari, Muslim]

Some Muhadditheen consider eyebrow plucking as changing the creation of Allah. However, they have permitted the removal of facial hair for women (if a beard or a moustache develops), to avoid resembling men.

It would also be permissible for a woman to remove hair from above the nose (if the eyebrows have become linked) as this is considered abnormal. Note, when removing these hairs, one should be extremely careful as the Hadith on eyebrow plucking is very strict – so make sure you do not remove more than necessary.

Hairpieces/wigs
It is Haraam to use hair extensions or fake hair.

An Ansari woman gave her daughter in marriage and the hair of the latter started falling out. The Ansari woman came to the Prophet and mentioned that to him and said, "My daughter's husband suggested that I should let her wear false hair." The Prophet said, "No, (don't do that) for Allah sends His curses upon such ladies who lengthen their hair artificially." [Bukhari]

Allah’s Messenger said, “Allah has cursed the woman who adds some false hair and the woman who asks for it.” [Sahih Muslim]

Spacing Teeth & Having Tattoos
These are not permissible in Islam, as they disfigure and distort the original creation of Allah. Those who have tattoos should get them surgically removed.

The great companion, Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Masud said, "Allah has cursed those women who practise tattooing and those women who have themselves tattooed, and those women who get their hair removed from their eyebrows and faces (except the beard and the mustache), and those who make artificial spaces between their teeth for beauty, whereby they change Allah's creation."
A woman started to argue with him, saying: "What is all this?'' He replied: "Why should I not curse those whom the Messenger of Allah cursed and who are cursed in Allah's Book? Allah, the Exalted, has said in His Book: "And whatsoever the Messenger gives you, take it; and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it).'' (59:7) [Bukhari, Muslim]

Hazrat Ibn Umar said, "The Messenger of Allah cursed the maker and wearer of a wig and the tattooer and the one who is tattooed." [Bukhari, Muslim]

Make-Up & Cosmetics
These are permissible for women, so long as it is not worn with the intention to show off, impress or attract others or other wrongful intentions.

A woman should keep herself tidy, presentable and be graceful at all times. She should also take care of her natural beauty too, so make sure you avoid things which can harm your health e.g. direct sunlight and rays, harmful substances etc.

Perfume
In Islam, women are protected in various ways – in the case of fragrant perfume, she can wear it at home but not in public. Otherwise, a woman’s perfume should be colourful with a hidden smell. This is to prevent lustful and unwanted attention from strange men.

Allah's Messenger said, "The perfume for men is when the fragrance is apparent but the colour is hidden, and the perfume for women is when the colour is apparent but the fragrance is hidden." [Mishkat, Hadith No. 4443]

Allah's Messenger said, "Every eye is lustful and when a woman applies perfume and then goes about in an assembly, she is like such-and-such", i.e. an adulteress. [Mishkat, Hadith No. 1065]

The Prophet said, "If a woman uses perfume and passes the people so that they may get its fragrance, she is so-and-so," meaning severe remarks. [Abu Dawud, Hadith No. 4161]

Henna/Mehndi
Henna is permissible to use on the hands, and on the hair as a natural dye. It is actually a Sunnah to use on the hair and was also used for medicinal purposes during the Prophet’s time.
However, please beware of Henna solutions which are mixed with haram substances – it is better to use the pure kind.

The wife of Hazrat Bashir Bin Khasasia narrates, “I saw the Prophet coming out of the house. He was arriving after taking a bath, therefore he was shaking his hair. The colour of Henna was visible on his head.” [Tirmidhi]

“Four things are among the ways of the Messengers: the tooth-stick, perfume, Henna, and marriage.” [Tirmidhi]

Hazrat Uthman b. Abdullah b. Mawhab narrates, “We went to Umme Salma, and she brought out for us some of the hair of the Messenger of Allah, and lo, it was dyed with henna and indigo.” [Bukhari]
Hazrat Umme Salma narrates, “In the life of Prophet, no injury or thorn-piercing was treated on which Henna was not applied.” [Tirmidhi, Ahmed]

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