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Can I Take Herbal Supplements To Improve the Way My Body Looks?

Answered according to Shafi'i Fiqh by Seekersguidance.org
Question: other women have ridiculed me because I’m flat-chested. My mom has told me that my husband will not find me attractive due to it. I had hormonal imbalance & improper diet during puberty which may have affected my growth. I practice proper shar`i hijab, so I don’t display myself to non-mahrams. This problem is affecting my self-esteem. There are herbal supplements with little to no side effects that can help one in this. Is it permissible to take them?
Answer:
Assalamu alaykum,
Thank you for your question. May Allah reward you for covering correctly and seeking His pleasure first. 

A woman’s body

Allah, Most High, has created us in all different ways in His perfect wisdom, and I guarantee you that your looks will not affect the way your husband feels about you. Rather, your character, hard work, kindness, and energy will define how he looks at you. Please don’t be feel bad about yourself by comparing yourself to seemingly perfect women in the media. Most of them have darkness and emptiness in their faces that is only brightened up with heavy makeup used all over their faces and bodies. Obedience to Allah and dhikr brings nur (light) to people’s faces that a high fashion model could never imitate.

Herbal supplements

The herbal supplements you mention sound harmless, but I doubt that they would have any effect. You should not waste your money. You would be better off spending that money on seeing a licensed naturopath or homeopath improve your health and restore balance.

Breast enhancement

As for breast implants, please see the ruling in this link:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/breast-implants-permissible/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/are-labiaplasty-and-the-use-of-breast-fillers-permissible/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/shafii-fiqh/is-cosmetic-surgery-permitted-in-the-shafii-school/

Focus on yourself

Focus on your strong points and busy yourself with dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and gaining knowledge. Preparing your heart and mind for marriage is far more valuable than preparing your body for it. You will find fulfillment that you never knew by the grace of Allah. May Allah give you the best of this world and the next.

[Ustadha] Shazia Ahmad

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadha Shazia Ahmad lived in Damascus, Syria, for two years, where she studied aqidah, fiqh, tajweed, Tafseer, and Arabic. She then attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed her Master’s in Arabic. Afterward, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she studied fiqh, Arabic, and other sciences. She recently moved back to Mississauga, Canada, where she lives with her family.

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