Is it permissible for a person to wear coloured contact lenses?
In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,
Mutilation of ones body has been clearly prohibited in Islam. Allah Almighty mentions in Surah al-Nisa the words of Shaytan, when he said:
“I will mislead them and I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and to DEFACE THE (FAIR) NATURE CREATED BY Allah.” (4: 119)
To deface the fair nature created by Allah, both physically and spiritually, is what Shaytan likes and orders to practise.
Sayyiduna Abd Allah ibn Mas’ud (Allah be pleased with him) said: “Allah’s curse is on those women who practise tattooing and get themselves tattooed and those who remove hair from their faces and those who make space between their teeth artificially to beautify themselves. They are such that they change the nature and features created by Allah. Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him & give him peace) also cursed such women.” (Recorded by Imam al-Bukhari and Imam Muslim in their respective Sahih collections)
In light of the above, the Fuqaha have declared that all types of mutilation to ones body is unlawful (Haram) unless when Shariah orders to do so, such as: circumcision, trimming the hair from the body, cutting of the nails, etc… or it is considered to be an adornment for the body, such as: piercing the ears or the nose, etc…
As far as coloured contact lenses are concerned, it is permissible to wear them, for this is not regarded as mutilation of the body. It would be permissible for women to use them as part of their make up for the husband. This permissibility is, however, subject to two conditions:
1) They must not be worn to deceive another person/s or to deceive a prospective fiancé regarding the colour of the eyes.
2) Women must not wear them outside to draw attention of non-Mahram men. It would be better, if worn, to also cover the eyes whilst wearing the Niqab.
And Allah Knows Best
[Mufti] Muhammad ibn Adam
Leicester , UK