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    Posted: 29 January 2006 at 5:16pm

Salaam sisters, I just wanted to get your opinions on some things. Do you think the following things are permissible or not?

1. Breast reduction for one with very large breasts.

2. Breast lift for women that have had breasts drastically changed by pregnancy and breastfeeding.

3. Teeth whitening

4. Braces on the teeth when you are an adult for cosmetic reasons and not for medical reasons.

5. Chemical face peel to give the skin a fresh look and reduce wrinkles.

Thanks for your input!

You cant be a good muslim if you are not decent and have a cold heart. Be a decent and kind person and care for women and children and the elderly.
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Quote ak_m_f Replybullet Posted: 29 January 2006 at 5:32pm
Beautification to reshape a deformed part of the body is generally recommended in Islam, as long as it is used for a valid reason. But cosmetic surgery that is done in an attempt to look more beautiful—such as enlarging or reducing the breasts, lifting the face, reducing the size of lips or nose—is not permitted because they alter the Creation of Allah.

In his response to your question, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states:

“If the condition you are referring to is considered a deformity or an abnormality that causes emotional and psychological suffering, then you are allowed to undergo surgery to remove or improve it. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) did allow some of his companions to undergo certain procedures to repair nose and teeth.

But it must be pointed out, however, that in Islam we are not allowed to undergo such procedures simply for cosmetic purposes alone, for to do so would be akin to tampering or interfering with the creation of Allah.

So consider carefully whether yours is a deformity. If it is deemed so, then you are allowed to take such steps that are deemed safe so long as they have been recommended by experts in the field and are considered safe.”

Excerpted, with slight modifications, from: www.muslims.ca
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Quote ak_m_f Replybullet Posted: 29 January 2006 at 5:36pm
Question of Fatwa: Is it allowed in Islam to have breast implant for women?

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.
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As regards your question, we’d like to make it clear that Islam basically denounces excess in beautifying oneself to the extent of altering one's physical features as Allah created them. The Glorious Qur'an considers such alterations as inspired by Satan, who “ ...will command them (his devotees) to change what Allah has created...” (An-Nisa’: 119).



However, if undergoing such operation is just to address an unusual physical defect or alleviate embarrassment that makes one’s life miserable, this is something permissible under the rule of removing harm. This point is further clarified in the following fatwa issued by Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal Nadvi, Imam of Calgary Mosque, Alberta, Canada, and Former Professor at King Saud University, Riyad, Saudi Arabia:



"This question is too general and the ruling for it can be different from one case to another. What I think of this kind of operation is that it can be done in both cases as follows:

1. A lady can resort to this kind of breast implant for the sole reason of seeking extreme and unnecessary beautification of the body in order to look, as she thinks, more sexually attractive. Actually this kind of beautification is unacceptable in Islam’s perspective. Islam is a religion of moderation and a woman should beautify herself with what Allah, the Almighty, has made lawful and never go to the extreme in this regard.

And I can find support for the prohibition of this extreme beautification in the following Hadith. It is reported in Al-Bukhari that a woman said to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, "O Messenger of Allah, due to her being infected with measles, my daughter’s hair has fallen out, and I am about to give her in marriage. Shall I add some strands of hair to her hair?" Thereupon the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, replied, "Allah has cursed the Wasilah (a woman who makes wigs and hairpieces) and the Mustawsilah (a woman who wears wigs and hairpieces) (Reported by Al-Bukhari.)"

So the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, did not approve of this kind of beautification though the woman was bald.

2. However, some women might resort to this operation of breast implant due to a considerable slimness or thinness in their breasts that it affects their relationship with their husbands and it might be a reason that their husbands will ignore them or become no longer interested in them. In this case, if we draw an analogy (Qiyas) between the aforementioned case where the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, forbade the lady to use wigs and pieces and this case of breast implant, we will find a difference between the two cases. In the first case, the lady is not married yet and this could be a trick to the new husband, something which is haram in Islam; however in the other case the lady is already married and is seeking this kind of surgery to save her marriage. So, the Qiyas will be Qiyas ma’a al-fariq (analogy with discrepancy).

Thus, the case of woman resorting to breast implant for curing a remarkable slenderness would fall under the category of “Add-Darar yuzaal (harm should be prevented). So, it can be allowed as an exceptional case which should be judged according to the circumstances surrounding it."



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Quote ak_m_f Replybullet Posted: 29 January 2006 at 5:55pm
whats with the "women only" in the subject line.

The fatwas that I posted were from male shcolars
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Quote Jenni Replybullet Posted: 29 January 2006 at 6:25pm
ak-m-f, I said womens only because some men don't take this kind of stuff seriously. I don't think it is to personal or anything as it is a general question.
You cant be a good muslim if you are not decent and have a cold heart. Be a decent and kind person and care for women and children and the elderly.
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Quote ak_m_f Replybullet Posted: 29 January 2006 at 6:36pm
Originally posted by Jenni

ak-m-f, I said womens only because some men don't take this kind of stuff seriously. I don't think it is to personal or anything as it is a general question.

I c.... so waht do you think of the fatwas?

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Quote Jenni Replybullet Posted: 29 January 2006 at 8:13pm
I agree with the fatwa. In this case as a married person I think if you are very self consious about something  and it is affecting how you feel with your husband than it is allowed. Many women are unhappy about thier bodies or breasts after having children and this affects the intimacy level. Also having nice teeth that look clean really makes the whole face look brighter and crooked yellow teeth are very noticeable and people stare at them. Peace
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Quote Khadija1021 Replybullet Posted: 29 January 2006 at 11:08pm

Assalamu Alaikum

Sisters, I personally have a problem with a woman having breast implants simply to please her husband.  Does this mean that anything a man wants from his wife he should get even if it is haraam otherwise?  I don't think so.  Maybe in some cases the defect is not in the woman's body but in her husband's deen and we should ask him to readjust his deen and leave his wife the way Allah made her.  I say this because the mentality that is being put forth here is no different than the mentality of some non-Muslim men who get their wives to have such surgeries as a means to satisfy their sexual fantasies. 

If a woman is allowed to alter her body, which would be haraam otherwise, to satisfy her husband, where does it stop?  I thought women were supposed to listen to their husbands unless their husbands made demands that were haraam.  At that point, they are not sinning if they do not do as they husbands say since it is always more important to obey Allah above all other...EVEN OUR HUSBANDS!  Also, he cannot take steps to correct her for refusing to do something that Allah says is haraam.

Unlike women how have extremely large breast which can cause them to suffer from serious health problems, women who have small breasts do not risk suffering from any health problems.  Having small breasts is not a deformity.  Maybe we should take a moment to look at the possible consequences of having breast implants?  Will getting them just to satisfy her husband lead her to feel as if she is not good enough the way Allah made her and that the only way she is valued as a wife is through altering herself as a means to satisfy her husbands sexual desires?  What kind of psychological problems may this cause her to suffer from?  Having breast implants is not like getting your ears pierced.  This is a very serious surgery which is painful and has caused some women to suffer from irreversible body damage; some women have even died from having implants.  Will her husband still love her if she is left with irreversible damage to her body due to demanding her to have this surgery?  What if he leaves her because of it?  Who will want to marry her after that? 

We should ask ourselves why Allah gave women breasts in the first place?  Sure they are a part of sexual pleasure but they are primarily for feeding their offspring and having breast implants could affect the woman’s ability to nourish her offspring through her own body.  Maybe some people take this lightly; however, I for one do not.  If the couple is planning on having children, then they should have a concern for their future offspring.  Believe it or not, children also have rights in Islam.  If a woman has breast implants and she is able to breast feed, then there is a risk that her breast could become engorged (which by the way is very common, especially with first time moms).  If this happens, the mom’s life becomes at risk of serious health problems because of the affect engorgement will have on her implants.  Should a woman put her life in danger just so that her husband will be happier sexually?  Should she deny her future offspring what is rightfully theirs in order to make her husband more sexually satisfied?

There is no doubt that a man has a right to divorce his wife if she has some deformity of the sexual reproduction system which either cannot be surgically repaired or she is unwilling to have it surgically repaired if it is possible and it is not life threatening for her to do so.  Likewise, a woman has the right to divorce her husband if he is impotent or if he is unable to make her become pregnant and there is no means to correct the problem or he refuses to do what is possible if it is available for him to do so.  However, it is also possible in either case for the couple to remain together and to agree to either have no children or to adopt children who are in need of a home.  There is nothing in the Qur’an or Hadith which states that a couple must have children in order to be or stay married. 

Something which I find to be grossly overlook by those who give fatwa is that a couple's sexual life is not just about what the husband wants. I get so sick of hearing "If he wants this or if he want that."  Sex is to be satisfying for both partners not just for the pleasure of the husband.  If we are going to make allowances for men who may want their wives' bodies altered for their sexual pleasure, don't we have to make the same allowance for women?  I don't have to say what I am implying but I think we should think of this as well.  How many men do you think would feel great about the idea of their wives telling them their sexual parts were not good enough and they expected them to have an "enhancement"?  How do you think that would affect him psychologically?  If you think this is different for men than for women, why? 

I read a fatwa once that made me so upset and angry.  A sister who was seriously disturbed by the sexual demands of her husband had written in to ask for help.  She said that her husband desired from her every night something that she detested and that he expected her to do this sexual act with him every night until he fell asleep.  She was simply told that it was his right and she had to continue to do it.  I was shocked.  If I had known that sister, I would have contacted her and told her that she has like rights and she should demand of her husband something when he found detestable and see if he liked it.  When Allah said that women are a tilt unto their husband so he can go to her the way he wants, it was simply a means to say they didn't have to have sex in one position only (i.e., the way the Jews had sex with their wives); it didn't mean he can do anything to her without regards to her own desires.   

I good Muslim husband who obeys Allah and loves his wife will not find fault with the body Allah has given him for his pleasure through her.  He will not made sexual demands of her which are detestable to her or which will cause her harm mentally, physically of spiritually.  Furthermore, a good Muslim husband who obeys Allah and loves his wife will not leave her, abandon her, punish her, or divorce her simply on the grounds that her body doesn’t look like that of a woman in a centerfold.  A good Muslim husband will have married his wife for her deen above all other reasons.  A good Muslim woman will feel the same way about her husband.  She will have married him for the sake of his deen and his ability to guide her and their offspring as the spiritual head of their family.  Otherwise, as the Prophet (pbuh) said, they will be losers.

Ashukru-lillahi Rabbil-Alameen wala- hawla  wala quwata illa billah

 

ALLAH HAFIZ

Sister Khadija

 



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