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What is the permissibility of getting one’s teeth cut (by a dentist) purely for the sake of be

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Answered by Shaykh Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf Mangera

What is the permissibility of getting one’s teeth cut (by a dentist) purely for the sake of beautification?

Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamu alaykum

In the name of Allah the Inspirer of truth

It is not permissible to make changes to the human body for the sake of beautification. Having the teeth cut for this reason is therefore unlawful.

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud relates that the Messenger of Allah (upon him be peace) prohibited the washirah (Fath al-Bari from Ahmad and Nasa’i). Washirah is the one who cuts or shortens the teeth. See also Radd al-Muhtar 5:239

As for the use of braces to straighten out crooked or unaligned teeth it is permissible (even if there is an accompanying intention for beautification), otherwise it is to be avoided.

Mufti Taqi Uthmani provides a simple conclusion to issues of this nature. He writes in his commentary on Sahih Muslim:

To conclude: any changes made to the body, by the removal of something or addition of something, in a way that it is permanent and giving an impression that it is part of the original creation, is considered changing (the creation of Allah) and is prohibited. As for the adornment a women adopts for the sake of her husband, like reddening the hands [with henna], the lips, or cheeks [with makeup, etc.], which does not create a confusion with the real creation, it will not come under the prohibition according to the overwhelming majority (jamhur) of scholars. As for removing a sixth finger it will not be considered changing the creation of Allah since it is eliminating a defect or sickness, hence, the majority of scholars have permitted it with the exception of just a few (Takmila Fath al-Mulhim 4:195).

And Allah knows best.

Wassalam

Abdurrahman ibn Yusuf

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