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matters worse, the Muslim masses are silent over this immoral parade of evils, and the `Ulama' also hesitate to
criticize these evils openly in their speeches and sermons.
، َﺔَﻠِﺻﻮﺘْﺴُﻤﻟاَو َﺔَﻠِﺻاﻮْﻟا َﻦَﻌَﻟ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َلﻮُﺳر ﱠنأ ُﻪْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ﺮﻤُﻋ ِﻦﺑا ِﻦَﻋو
ﺔﻤِﺷﻮَﺘﺴُﻤﻟاو ﺔَﻤِﺷاَﻮْﻟاو
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) said:
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) cursed the maker and
wearer of a wig and the tattooer and the one who is tattooed.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Al-Washimah is a woman who practises Al-Washm Al-Washm was performed (in the past) by
piercing needle in some part of the body for drawing blood and then filling the cavity caused by it with antimony,
indigo, etc., to make the spot green or black. This is called tattooing. In the Arab society of the Prophet's time, this
fashion was very popular among women for enhancing their charms and beauty in the same way as the fashion of
patching someone's hair with his own. Al-Mustaushima is a woman who asks some women for tattooing and/or a
woman who marks tattoos on the skin of another woman.
As this act amounts to changing the natural appearance of a person, both women, that is the one who subjects her
body to tattooing and the one who makes this operation, are cursed. Such fashions are in vogue in this age also.
Plucking the eyelashes and filling them with colours and other material of make up, or like Hindu women, making
mark between the eyebrows with cinnabar etc., fall in the category of such fashions. Such means of make up which
are practised nowadays by women and on which huge amounts of money are wasted are the things which have been
cursed. Muslim women should, therefore, avoid such evils as they are ruinous for religion as well as worldly life.
Similar is the case of nail polish. In the opinion of some religious scholars, this act invalidates Wudu'. Women are
now also in the habit of keeping long nails on which nail polish is applied to give an effect of beastly claws. All such
vile fashions have been borrowed by oriental societies from the class of shameless women of the West, and Muslim
women have also adopted them. We must strictly abstain from them because they tend to create resemblance to the
non-Muslims, which is unlawful and is rated as a major sin.
لﺎَﻗ ُﻪْﻨﻋ ﻲﺿر ٍدﻮُﻌﺴَﻣ ِﻦﺑا ﻦﻋو
تﺎﺠﱢﻠﻔَﺘُﻤﻟاو ، تﺎﺼﱢﻤَﻨَﺘُﻤﻟاو تﺎﻤﺷﻮَﺘﺴُﻤﻟاو ِتﺎﻤِﺷاﻮْﻟا ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﻦﻌﻟ
َﻚﻟذ ﻲﻓ ٌةَأﺮْﻣا ُﻪَﻟ ْﺖَﻟﺎَﻘَﻓ ، ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ِﻖْﻠَﺧ ِتاﺮﱢﻴَﻐُﻤﻟا ، ﻦْﺴُﺤﻠِﻟ
َلﺎَﻘَﻓ :
ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮُﺳَر َﻦَﻌَﻟ ْﻦَﻣ ُﻦَﻌْﻟأ ﻻ ﻲﻟ ﺎﻣو
ﻰﻟﺎﻌَﺗ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َلﺎَﻗ ، ؟ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا بﺎﺘآ ﻲﻓ ﻮُهَو ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴ
اﻮُﻬَﺘْﻧﺎَﻓ ُﻪْﻨَﻋ ْﻢُآﺎَﻬَﻧ ﺎﻣَو ُﻩوُﺬُﺨَﻓ ُلﻮُﺳﱠﺮﻟا ُﻢُآﺎَﺗﺁ ﺎَﻣَو
:7 . [
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
ًﻼﻴﻠَﻗ ٍ
ﺾْﻌﺑ ْﻦِﻣ ﺎﻬُﻀْﻌﺑ َﺪﻋﺎﺒَﺘَﻴِﻟ ﺎَﻬِﻧﺎَﻨْﺳأ ْﻦِﻣ ُدُﺮْﺒﺗ ﻲﺘﻟا ﻲه
، ُﺮـْﺷَﻮْﻟا َﻮُهو ﺎَﻬُﻨﱢﺴَﺤُﺗو
، ًﺎﻨﺴَﺣ َﺮـﻴِﺼـﻴِﻟ ُﻪُﻘﱢﻗَﺮُﺗو ، ﺎَهِﺮْﻴَﻏ ﺐﺟﺎـﺣ ِﺮْﻌَﺷ ْﻦِﻣ ُﺬُﺧْﺄَﺗ ﻲﺘﻟا ﻲِه
َﻚِﻟَذ ﺎَﻬِﺑ ُﻞَﻌْﻔﻳ ْﻦﻣ ُﺮُﻣﺄَﺗ ﻲﺘﻟا
Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) 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 (PBUH) cursed and who are cursed in Allah's Book?
Allah, the Exalted, has said in His Book:
And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad (PBUH)) gives you, take it; and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain
(from it).
'' (59:7)
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
We learn from this Hadith that any effort to bring about a change in one's natural appearance is
unlawful. Al-Washm (
), Al-Washr (
slimming the teeth
), At-Tafalluj (
to create gaps between the teeth
), An-
Nams (
the plucking of eyelashes
) etc., come in the category of forbidden and unlawful fashions. It should be
mentioned here that the use of henna is permissible because it does not bring about any such change which is
forbidden. The use of henna is permissible subject to the condition that woman should not make its display before
any man who is not a Mahram (
Mahram is a person with whom it is basically not lawful to contract marriage