Eyelash extensions

Question:

Al Salam Alikum,

I had a questions regarding eyelash extensions, and whether it is permissible. I believe the way it works is by  glueing fake lashes to thicken and lengthen existing ones, it lasts for a few weeks.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

Answer:

In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful,

Beautification is not only permissible in Islam but encouraged provided it is done within moderation. The hadith reported by Imam Muslim in his Saheeh states, 'Indeed Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty.' However Islam discourages and censures deception, arrogance and obsessive behaviour. Subsequently there are some practices which Islam has forbidden. Among those practices is the attachment or use of human hair. This called 'wasl' in Arabic and has been cursed by the Messenger sallallahu 'alyhi wa Sallam. (Bukhari) 

Another aspect which must also be considered here is why and for whom this is being done. If this is done to beautify oneself for ones husband and family, and not to attract the opposite sex unlawfully, for deceiving a potential suitor or to make other women feel inferior etc., then it will be permissible with the condition that it is not made of human hair or impure substances. Otherwise the prohibition will be compounded. The extensions must be removed for wudhu if water does not touch the lashes.

In light of this it would be better to avoid such methods of beautification as it seems to be problematic and goes beyond moderation which is a hallmark of Islam.

Note: The hadith tells of a natural method of lengthening and strengthening the eyelashes. The Prophet sallallahu 'alyhi wa Sallamsaid, 'Use the ithmid antimony ( kuhl/surma) for it clears the sight and lengthens the hair (lashes).' (Tirmidhi, Ahmad). For additional details see ‘Prophetic Medicine’ by Imam Ibn al-Qayyim RA.

والله اعلم

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best.

Mufti Abdulmannan Mulla 

Approved by Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani