Is Teeth Whitening Permissible?

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Is Teeth Whitening Permissible?

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. 


It is permissible to undergo a teeth whitening procedure to treat stained teeth.  However, since it is a medical issue, you should consult doctors and dentists on the suitability and potential harms before proceeding.  In addition, one should consult the dental practice on the ingredients used in the applied treatments.  Furthermore, one should have an intention of genuinely cleaning stained teeth with such procedures[1].

The Fiqh (jurisprudence of the Answer):

Whitening of stained and discoloured teeth is not regarded to be changing Allah’s creation and nor is whitening of stained teeth a form of impermissible beautification.  Rather, it is a procedure to remove discolouring as a result of stains.  In addition, teeth whitening removes defects from the teeth.  The removing of physical defects is permissible[2].

And Allah Ta’ālā Alone Knows Best

Mufti Faraz Adam


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عن عبد الله قال لعن الله الواشمات والموتشمات والمتنمصات
 والمتفلجات للحسن المغيرات خلق الله … ( صحيح البخاري: 2/725، 878 ، قديمي كتب خانه

(قوله: المتفلجات) … وذلك حرام للحسن أي لأجل التحسين لما فيه من التزوير فلو احتاجت إليه لعلاج أو عيب في السن فلا ( حاشية صحيح البخاري للشيخ المحدّث أحمد علي السهارنفوري: 2/ 725 ، رقم الحاشية: 5 ، قديمي كتب خانه )

( قوله: للحسن ) يتعلق بالمتفلجات أي لأجل الحسن قيد به لأن الحرام منه هو المفعول لطلب الحسن أما إذا احتيج إليه لعلاج أو عيب في السن ونحوه فلا بأس به ( عمدة القاري: 19/325 ، دار الكتبالعلمية )

( قوله : والمتفلجات للحسن ) يفهم منه أن المذمومة من فعلت ذلك لأجل الحسن فلو احتاجت إلى ذلك لمداواة مثلا جاز ( فتح الباري: 13/455 ، دار الكتب العلمية 

[2]  وَأَمَّا قَطْعُ الْإِصْبَعِ الزَّائِدَةِ وَنَحْوِهَا: فَإِنَّهُ لَيْسَ تَغْيِيْرًا لِخَلْقِ اللهِ وَإِنَّهُ مِنْ قَبِيْلِ إِزَالَةِ عَيْبٍ أَوْ مَرَضٍ فَأَجَازَهُ أَكْثَرُ الْعُلَمَاءِ خِلَافًا لِبَعْضِهِمْ (تكملة فتح الملهم)

This answer was collected from, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Faraz ibn Adam al-Mahmudi, the student of world renowned Mufti Ebrahim Desai (Hafizahullah).

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