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Validity of Ritual Ablution with Eyelash Extensions

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Mathabah.org
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Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt

Question:

I had a question regarding eyelash extensions. Is wudhū completed if someone has eyelash extensions on as they do not cover the original eyelash in any way.

Answer:

Thank you/ Jazāk Allāh Khayr for your question. Your concern for appropriate wudhū (ritual ablution) is indeed admirable.

One of the requirements for the validity of wudhū is that water must reach all areas required to be washed, as described in the Qur’ānic verse 5:6. Since the eyelashes are part of the ‘wajh’ (face), water must get in contact with the complete eye lids and eyelashes. If that is attained during the ritual washing, then the wudhū will be valid otherwise not.

It is also worthy to note that false eyelashes originating from human hair are prohibited by the Prophet Muḥammad (peace and blessings upon him) (See: Bukhārī). This is a form of tampering and altering God’s creation. This act is also attributed as a devilish action in the Qur’ānic verse 4:119.

A number of classical scholars have permitted a woman to wear synthetic extensions provided they are not applied to seduce or attract men who are unlawful for her. Deceiving a potential candidate for marriage with the extensions is also impermissible. A wife may wear the synthetic hair or eyelash extensions to beatify herself for her husband, with his knowledge.  (Refer to Aḥsan al Fatāwā and Fatāwā al Hindiyyah)

And Allāh Knows Best

This answer was collected from Mathabah.org. It’s an Islamic educational institute based in Canada. The questions are generally answered by Sheikh Yusuf Badat and Sheikh Omar Subedar.

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