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    Plastic Surgery?

    I've always wondered is there an Islamic position on plastic surgery which is carried out for cosmetic reasons i.e. unhappy with the way they looked? Or non-surgical procedures, for example skin lighting which is becoming very popular especially with the Pakistanis/Indians/Bangladeshi communities? Is there anyone who would consider having plastic surgery done or any non-surgical procedure done? What are your personal opinions on the matter of plastic surgery?

    There is a lot of pressure to be light-skinned (even in some muslims who want spouses who are light skinned), have perfectly symmetrical features and have the cheek bone or chiseled jaw, six pack and etc.

    Personally speaking plastic surgery is something that has always fascinated me and even want to become a plastic surgeon at one point, is there anything wrong with pursuing such a career?
    Last edited by Unregistered201; 06-03-11, 03:20 PM.

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    ...There are cosmetic surgical procedures which are haraam and are not considered to be excusable; these are seen as tampering with the creation of Allaah for the sake of beauty. Examples include: breast enlargement or reduction, and procedures aimed at reversing the signs of ageing, such as face-lifts etc. The Islamic view is that these are not permitted, because there is no urgent need or necessity for them; rather, the aim is to change and tamper with the creation of Allaah for reasons of human vanity. This is haraam and the one who does it is cursed because it involves two things mentioned in the hadeeth: pursuit of beauty and changing what Allaah has created...
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      #3
      Re: Plastic Surgery?

      :salams:

      You are changing the way Allah swt created you , so yeah its haram unless its for health issues. But i´ve always wondered if Liposuction was haram? Cuz its just fat which is being removed from your body.

      :jkk:
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        #4
        Re: Plastic Surgery?

        You should be happy with what Allah has given you....to be born handicapped-MasyAllah-i think that's a more devastating state than "Oh my God" am Dark/Fat/Short :( plastic surgery is acceptable if you involved in accident/or something to regain back your self confidence....for just beauty purposes/being vain I don't think so..lotsa (scary syringe treatment) such as vitamin c,botox and I d k if these are allowed...but I don't think am ever gonna do it...wudhu gives your face a natural boost...;)
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          #5
          Re: Plastic Surgery?

          I'm against plastic surgery, I don't understand why anyone would want to change the way they look like that. It ruins people's lives. I know someone who has had it done and another person who is considering it (both family members) and I couldn't help but be against it. However, there's also a lack of understanding on my part on why they did it. People get depressed because they REALLY can't stand the way they look, even suffering from BDD. But I could never consider it however unhappy I may be with my appreance.

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            #6
            Re: Plastic Surgery?

            Originally posted by Sophiia View Post
            :salams:

            You are changing the way Allah swt created you , so yeah its haram unless its for health issues. But i´ve always wondered if Liposuction was haram? Cuz its just fat which is being removed from your body.

            :jkk:
            You should be happy with what Allah has given you....
            Is depression regarded as a health issue? I mean like littlestarface mentioned there are some people who are just soo unhappy with the way they look that it leads to depression and in some cases self-harm. Also why shouldn't we use these procedures, they have been created by God in a sense that God is the creator of everything and many people now have braces fitted, which is doing purely for cosmetic reasons, so we can all have the perfect smile. So why shouldn't we be able to change the way we look for the perfect body or the perfect face if it makes you happy?

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              #7
              Re: Plastic Surgery?

              Plastic surgery that is considered necessary is that which is done when there is a need for it, when something does not look right, when something is missing, if there is too much or too little of something, or because something has been destroyed or deformed. At the same time, it is regarded as “cosmetic” surgery because it results in improved appearance.

              Faults may be of two types: physical or congenital faults and faults which result from illness. Congenital faults include abnormally turned-out lips, hare-lips, twisted fingers or toes, etc. Faults which result from illness include the scars left by leprosy or other skin diseases, or scars caused by accidents and burns. There is no doubt that such faults and scars cause physical and psychological pain and harm, therefore Islam allows people afflicted with them to remove or reduce them by surgical means. They cause the kind of mental and psychological pain that allows this surgery as an urgent need, where necessity permits something that is ordinarily forbidden. Any cosmetic surgery which comes under this heading of need because of the fact that the reason for the surgery is causing harm is permissible, and is not considered to be changing the creation of Allaah.

              To further understand the difference between what is permitted and what is forbidden, we will quote the words of Imaam al-Nawawi in his commentary on the hadeeth: “Allaah has cursed the women who make tattoos and the women who have this done, the women who pluck facial hair and the women who have this done, and women who widen the gap between their own or others’ teeth for the sake of beauty, changing what Allaah has created.” (Saheeh Muslim, 3966).

              Imaam al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “The woman who tattoos is one who uses a needle or similar implement to prick the skin of the hand, wrist, lips or other part of a woman’s body until she draws blood, then she puts dye into the wound. It is haraam to do this or have it done by choice. Similarly, plucking or removing hair from the face is also haraam, whether one does it or asks someone else to do it for one, unless a woman has a beard or moustache, in which case it is not haraam to remove it. Widening the gap between the teeth is done by filing between the incisors. This is done by old women to give the appearance of youth and make the teeth look beautiful, because this attractive gap between the teeth is characteristic of young girls. When a woman gets old, her teeth get big and look ugly, so she may file them to make them look more attractive and give the impression that she is younger… It is haraam to do this or have it done by another, because of this hadeeth, and because it involves changing what Allaah has created, and is a form of deception and falsehood. Widening the gap between the teeth is something that is done to make a person look beautiful, which indicates that what is haraam is when this is done in the pursuit of beauty, but if it were done as a form of treatment because of some problem or deformity in the teeth, then there is nothing wrong with it. And Allaah knows best.” (al-Nawawi, commentary on Saheeh Muslim, 13/107).

              We should point out here that cosmetic surgeons do not distinguish between cases of serious need and other cases. Their concern is to earn money and satisfy their customers. Materialists and proponents of “freedom” think that man is free and can do whatever he wants with his body, but this is wrong; the body belongs to Allaah and He can command whatever He wills concerning it. Allaah has told us about the ways in which Iblees (Shaytaan) promised to lead people astray, one of which is (interpretation of the meaning): “‘…and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allaah.’…” [al-Nisaa’ 4:119]

              There are cosmetic surgical procedures which are haraam and are not considered to be excusable; these are seen as tampering with the creation of Allaah for the sake of beauty. Examples include: breast enlargement or reduction, and procedures aimed at reversing the signs of ageing, such as face-lifts etc. The Islamic view is that these are not permitted, because there is no urgent need or necessity for them; rather, the aim is to change and tamper with the creation of Allaah for reasons of human vanity. This is haraam and the one who does it is cursed because it involves two things mentioned in the hadeeth: pursuit of beauty and changing what Allaah has created.

              Added to this is the fact that these operations are aimed at deceit, and may involves the injection of materials extracted from aborted foetuses. These are very serious crimes. Moreover, many of these operations result in ongoing pain and other side effects, as the specialists themselves say. (See Ahkaam al-Jaraahah (Rulings on surgery) by Dr. Muhammad Muhammad al-Mukhtaar al-Shanqeeti).
              "O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do." [An-Nisa 4:135]

              The Prophet :saw: said:

              "Whosoever leaves off obedience and separates from the Jamaa'ah and dies, he dies a death of jaahiliyyah. Whoever fights under the banner of the blind, becoming angry for 'asabiyyah (nationalism/tribalism/partisanship) or calling to 'asabiyyah, or assisting 'asabiyyah, then dies, he dies a death of jaahiliyyah."

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              Narrated 'Abdullah:

              The Prophet, said, "Abusing a Muslim is Fusuq (evil doing) and killing him is Kufr (disbelief)." sahih bukhari


              "Creeping upon you is the diseases of those people before you: envy and hatred. And hatred is the thing that shaves. I do not say it shaves the hair but it shaves the religion!

              By the One in whose Hand is my soul, you will not enter paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Certainly, let me inform you of that which may establish such things: spread the greetings and peace among yourselves."

              [Recorded by Imam Ahmad and Al-Tirmidhi]

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                #8
                Re: Plastic Surgery?

                Originally posted by *asiya* View Post
                Plastic surgery that is considered necessary is that which is done when there is a need for it, when something does not look right, when something is missing, if there is too much or too little of something, or because something has been destroyed or deformed. At the same time, it is regarded as “cosmetic” surgery because it results in improved appearance.

                Faults may be of two types: physical or congenital faults and faults which result from illness. Congenital faults include abnormally turned-out lips, hare-lips, twisted fingers or toes, etc. Faults which result from illness include the scars left by leprosy or other skin diseases, or scars caused by accidents and burns. There is no doubt that such faults and scars cause physical and psychological pain and harm, therefore Islam allows people afflicted with them to remove or reduce them by surgical means. They cause the kind of mental and psychological pain that allows this surgery as an urgent need, where necessity permits something that is ordinarily forbidden. Any cosmetic surgery which comes under this heading of need because of the fact that the reason for the surgery is causing harm is permissible, and is not considered to be changing the creation of Allaah.

                To further understand the difference between what is permitted and what is forbidden, we will quote the words of Imaam al-Nawawi in his commentary on the hadeeth: “Allaah has cursed the women who make tattoos and the women who have this done, the women who pluck facial hair and the women who have this done, and women who widen the gap between their own or others’ teeth for the sake of beauty, changing what Allaah has created.” (Saheeh Muslim, 3966).

                Imaam al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “The woman who tattoos is one who uses a needle or similar implement to prick the skin of the hand, wrist, lips or other part of a woman’s body until she draws blood, then she puts dye into the wound. It is haraam to do this or have it done by choice. Similarly, plucking or removing hair from the face is also haraam, whether one does it or asks someone else to do it for one, unless a woman has a beard or moustache, in which case it is not haraam to remove it. Widening the gap between the teeth is done by filing between the incisors. This is done by old women to give the appearance of youth and make the teeth look beautiful, because this attractive gap between the teeth is characteristic of young girls. When a woman gets old, her teeth get big and look ugly, so she may file them to make them look more attractive and give the impression that she is younger… It is haraam to do this or have it done by another, because of this hadeeth, and because it involves changing what Allaah has created, and is a form of deception and falsehood. Widening the gap between the teeth is something that is done to make a person look beautiful, which indicates that what is haraam is when this is done in the pursuit of beauty, but if it were done as a form of treatment because of some problem or deformity in the teeth, then there is nothing wrong with it. And Allaah knows best.” (al-Nawawi, commentary on Saheeh Muslim, 13/107).

                We should point out here that cosmetic surgeons do not distinguish between cases of serious need and other cases. Their concern is to earn money and satisfy their customers. Materialists and proponents of “freedom” think that man is free and can do whatever he wants with his body, but this is wrong; the body belongs to Allaah and He can command whatever He wills concerning it. Allaah has told us about the ways in which Iblees (Shaytaan) promised to lead people astray, one of which is (interpretation of the meaning): “‘…and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allaah.’…” [al-Nisaa’ 4:119]

                There are cosmetic surgical procedures which are haraam and are not considered to be excusable; these are seen as tampering with the creation of Allaah for the sake of beauty. Examples include: breast enlargement or reduction, and procedures aimed at reversing the signs of ageing, such as face-lifts etc. The Islamic view is that these are not permitted, because there is no urgent need or necessity for them; rather, the aim is to change and tamper with the creation of Allaah for reasons of human vanity. This is haraam and the one who does it is cursed because it involves two things mentioned in the hadeeth: pursuit of beauty and changing what Allaah has created.

                Added to this is the fact that these operations are aimed at deceit, and may involves the injection of materials extracted from aborted foetuses. These are very serious crimes. Moreover, many of these operations result in ongoing pain and other side effects, as the specialists themselves say. (See Ahkaam al-Jaraahah (Rulings on surgery) by Dr. Muhammad Muhammad al-Mukhtaar al-Shanqeeti).
                I am sure I read on Islam Q&A that males having hair transplant was permitted.

                But this is also deception even though a man is replacing what he originally had because it makes him appear younger and hides that fact that he was suffering from male patterned baldness (which is a genetic condition). I think the scholars need to review their stance on such matters.

                In any case, anyone considering cosmetic surgery should take their case to a scholar who can then consider the individual person's situation.


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                  #9
                  Re: Plastic Surgery?

                  Originally posted by Russo View Post
                  I am sure I read on Islam Q&A that males having hair transplant was permitted.

                  But this is also deception even though a man is replacing what he originally had because it makes him appear younger and hides that fact that he was suffering from male patterned baldness (which is a genetic condition). I think the scholars need to review their stance on such matters.

                  In any case, anyone considering cosmetic surgery should take their case to a scholar who can then consider the individual person's situation.
                  Ruling on hair transplants




                  Ruling on hair transplants for a bald man
                  Is it permissible for a bald man to have hair transplanted to his head, because some men suffer with that, especially if they are young?.

                  Praise be to Allaah.

                  Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about the ruling on taking hair from the back of the head and transplanting it in the affected spot. He said: Yes, that is permissible, because it comes under the heading of restoring that which Allaah has created, and of correcting a fault. It does not come under the heading of cosmetic procedures or adding to that which Allaah has created, or changing the creation of Allaah. Rather it is restoring something that is missing and correcting a fault. It is well known in the story of the three men, one of whom was bald and said that he wished that Allaah would give him back his hair, that the angel touched his head and Allaah gave him back his hair, and gave him beautiful hair. Al-Bukhaari, 3464; Muslim, 2964.

                  Fataawa ‘Ulama’ al-Balad al-Haraam, p. 1185.


                  Is it permissible to have a hair transplant? Please note that I am bald. Or is it haraam like hair extensions, or not?.

                  Praise be to Allaah.

                  Hair transplant refers to moving the hair follicles from one area of a person’s head to another. The ruling on that is that it is permissible, because it is aimed at correcting a fault, not at changing the creation of Allaah.

                  Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:

                  Hair transplants are done for one who has become bald by taking hair from the back of the head and transplanting it in the bald spot. Is that permissible?

                  He replied:

                  Yes, that is permissible, because this comes under the heading of restoring that which Allaah has created, or correcting a fault; it does not come under the heading of cosmetic procedures or adding to what Allaah has created, so it is not regarded as changing the creation of Allaah. Rather it is restoring something that is lacking or removing a fault.

                  There is the well-known story of the three people, one of whom was bald and said that he wished that Allaah would restore his hair, so the angel touched him and Allaah restored his hair and gave him beautiful hair.

                  Fatawa ‘Ulama’ al-Balad al-Haraam, p. 1185.

                  The hadeeth referred to by the Shaykh (may Allaah have mercy on him) was narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3277, and Muslim, 2964.

                  And Allaah knows best.
                  Islam Q&A
                  "O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do." [An-Nisa 4:135]

                  The Prophet :saw: said:

                  "Whosoever leaves off obedience and separates from the Jamaa'ah and dies, he dies a death of jaahiliyyah. Whoever fights under the banner of the blind, becoming angry for 'asabiyyah (nationalism/tribalism/partisanship) or calling to 'asabiyyah, or assisting 'asabiyyah, then dies, he dies a death of jaahiliyyah."

                  muslim

                  Narrated 'Abdullah:

                  The Prophet, said, "Abusing a Muslim is Fusuq (evil doing) and killing him is Kufr (disbelief)." sahih bukhari


                  "Creeping upon you is the diseases of those people before you: envy and hatred. And hatred is the thing that shaves. I do not say it shaves the hair but it shaves the religion!

                  By the One in whose Hand is my soul, you will not enter paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Certainly, let me inform you of that which may establish such things: spread the greetings and peace among yourselves."

                  [Recorded by Imam Ahmad and Al-Tirmidhi]

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                    Re: Plastic Surgery?

                    Breast reduction is not allowed? It hurts the back and cervicals too have too much
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                      #11
                      Re: Plastic Surgery?

                      Originally posted by Massilia View Post
                      Breast reduction is not allowed? It hurts the back and cervicals too have too much
                      it's allowed if there's a medical reason for it, e.g. if a woman is having back/neck problems because of this and the surgery would resolve the problem without putting her at greater risk from side effects from the surgery, also if a woman has had a mastectomy due to breast cancer, she's allowed to have surgery to make her breasts look the way they did before. Same as disfigurements that are actual abnormalities, e.g. facial deformities. however if there's nothing wrong with your body but you just want to look different, then it's not allowed.

                      re someone who has low confidence because of how their face or body looks, when there's nothing medically wrong/abnormal about it - it's likely that they have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) - this is where the person sees themselves as ugly or deformed when they are not - and this needs psychiatric treatment, not surgery. Giving surgery to people with BDD does not solve their psychological problems, they just carry on having surgery after surgery trying to correct a problem that's actually in their head, and they are at risk of serious medical problems that result from repeated surgery.




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                        #12
                        Re: Plastic Surgery?

                        :wswrwb:
                        :start:

                        Praise be to Allaah.

                        It is Haraam to have Plastic Surgery for cosmetic reasons because you are changing the way Allah swt created you.

                        http://qa.sunnipath.com/issue_view.asp?HD=1&ID=63&CATE=90

                        liposuction is Haram because after all they are doing it to look good and that is not a good enough reason, unless its all done for health reasons.

                        Allah says in the Quran those that do something to make their health better is allowed (but should NOT be done in any haraam way/acts) and those that do for anything else, meaning the body and that includes liposuction then it is forbidden for them...

                        And Allah knows best

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                          #13
                          Re: Plastic Surgery?

                          Originally posted by dhakiyya View Post
                          it's allowed if there's a medical reason for it, e.g. if a woman is having back/neck problems because of this and the surgery would resolve the problem without putting her at greater risk from side effects from the surgery, also if a woman has had a mastectomy due to breast cancer, she's allowed to have surgery to make her breasts look the way they did before. Same as disfigurements that are actual abnormalities, e.g. facial deformities. however if there's nothing wrong with your body but you just want to look different, then it's not allowed.

                          re someone who has low confidence because of how their face or body looks, when there's nothing medically wrong/abnormal about it - it's likely that they have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) - this is where the person sees themselves as ugly or deformed when they are not - and this needs psychiatric treatment, not surgery. Giving surgery to people with BDD does not solve their psychological problems, they just carry on having surgery after surgery trying to correct a problem that's actually in their head, and they are at risk of serious medical problems that result from repeated surgery.
                          I understand there are some people out there who do have body dysmorphic disorder but that is very much the extreme end of the spectrum, what I'm talking about is people who are, for argument sake, unhappy with maybe their nose and this has led them to be very self conscious, which can sometimes lead to depression, why shouldn't they be allowed to have that operation? I mean we go to large lengths to change our appearance on a daily basis from what we wear, make up and we have non-surgical procedure (ie braces) to give us the perfect smile, clear skin or laser hair treatment. Why should plastic surgery be any different?

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                            #14
                            Re: Plastic Surgery?

                            Originally posted by RRIIZZZ View Post
                            :wswrwb:
                            :start:

                            Praise be to Allaah.

                            It is Haraam to have Plastic Surgery for cosmetic reasons because you are changing the way Allah swt created you.

                            http://qa.sunnipath.com/issue_view.a...&ID=63&CATE=90

                            liposuction is Haram because after all they are doing it to look good and that is not a good enough reason, unless its all done for health reasons.

                            Allah says in the Quran those that do something to make their health better is allowed (but should NOT be done in any haraam way/acts) and those that do for anything else, meaning the body and that includes liposuction then it is forbidden for them...

                            And Allah knows best
                            Well if your depressed by the way you look then doesn't that come under the category of health? Some would argue that God being the supreme being and all, created plastic surgery so why shouldn't we use it?

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                              #15
                              Re: Plastic Surgery?

                              Originally posted by *asiya* View Post
                              Ruling on hair transplants




                              Ruling on hair transplants for a bald man
                              Is it permissible for a bald man to have hair transplanted to his head, because some men suffer with that, especially if they are young?.

                              Praise be to Allaah.

                              Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about the ruling on taking hair from the back of the head and transplanting it in the affected spot. He said: Yes, that is permissible, because it comes under the heading of restoring that which Allaah has created, and of correcting a fault. It does not come under the heading of cosmetic procedures or adding to that which Allaah has created, or changing the creation of Allaah. Rather it is restoring something that is missing and correcting a fault. It is well known in the story of the three men, one of whom was bald and said that he wished that Allaah would give him back his hair, that the angel touched his head and Allaah gave him back his hair, and gave him beautiful hair. Al-Bukhaari, 3464; Muslim, 2964.

                              Fataawa ‘Ulama’ al-Balad al-Haraam, p. 1185.


                              Is it permissible to have a hair transplant? Please note that I am bald. Or is it haraam like hair extensions, or not?.

                              Praise be to Allaah.

                              Hair transplant refers to moving the hair follicles from one area of a person’s head to another. The ruling on that is that it is permissible, because it is aimed at correcting a fault, not at changing the creation of Allaah.

                              Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:

                              Hair transplants are done for one who has become bald by taking hair from the back of the head and transplanting it in the bald spot. Is that permissible?

                              He replied:

                              Yes, that is permissible, because this comes under the heading of restoring that which Allaah has created, or correcting a fault; it does not come under the heading of cosmetic procedures or adding to what Allaah has created, so it is not regarded as changing the creation of Allaah. Rather it is restoring something that is lacking or removing a fault.

                              There is the well-known story of the three people, one of whom was bald and said that he wished that Allaah would restore his hair, so the angel touched him and Allaah restored his hair and gave him beautiful hair.

                              Fatawa ‘Ulama’ al-Balad al-Haraam, p. 1185.

                              The hadeeth referred to by the Shaykh (may Allaah have mercy on him) was narrated by al-Bukhaari, 3277, and Muslim, 2964.

                              And Allaah knows best.
                              Islam Q&A
                              So procedures which make you look younger would came under this, i.e. facelifts, brow lifts, botox and etc because you your restoring that which God created or correcting faults, which is what wrinkles is, the body failing to keep the skin in it youthful condition?????

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