Q: I have a question regarding cosmetic procedures… I know they are not allowed in Islam, however are they allowed when somebody’s appearance has changed due to heavy black magic/Jinn? My skin has become very dark on my face, patches of black marks everywhere, hair loss, loss of so much weight due to constantly vomiting (no medical cause) features have become so manly due to this. I’m only 26 years of age but even my teeth are breaking. I’ve had 5 teeth which have been broken by just chewing normal food in one year (again no medical cause) and its not because i ate too many sweets. I don’t want to do this for cosmetic reasons it’s just black magic has already destroyed my appearance so much to the extent I’m scared my husband will desire and go to other women. Even me and my husband have sihr of seperation.. my niyat for thinking of cosmetic surgery is just to rectify what has been changed due to the sihr. Not change anything in any other way but just rectify to it’s original state.
A: If it is only to rectify what has been done by the sihr it is permissible. Some types of cosmetics have been unanimously allowed, for example the applying of mehndi etc. and some cosmetics have been totally disallowed, for example the transplanting of any human body part or hair. So if the cosmetics that you wish to apply is of a permissible nature then it is permissible.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)