FAQ - 14


Question & Answer

Some beautician outlets employ female staff. Is it permissible for a woman among the believers to engage in applying make up of women —Muslim or non-Muslim— who do not observe hijab and who wear make up in the presence of non-mahram men? Question:
If that work is considered as a contributing factor to the haram act and promoting it, she is not allowed to do it; however, such a consideration is truly far-fetched. Answer:
Is it permissible for a woman who does not observe hijab to get rid of her facial hair, to straighten her eyebrows, and to wear natural and light make up? Question:
Getting rid of facial hair and straightening the eyebrows do not prevent her from keeping her face open [while putting on the hijab], provided she is confident of not getting sucked into something haram and that exposing her face is not done with the intention of inviting haram looks. Answer:
Is it permissible [for a woman] to dye her hair, fully or partially, in gatherings exclusively for women with the intention of attracting attention for the purpose of marriage? Question:
If dyeing is for a cosmetic reason and not with the purpose of deceiving (like concealing a defect or old age), there is no problem in it. Answer:
If a woman puts on a wig that covers her real hair for the purpose of beauty as well as hijab, is she allowed to expose her face now that it looks different? Question:
She is permitted to use the wig, yet it is a beauty item that must be concealed from non-mahram men. Answer:
There are some stockings whose colour matches that used to embellish the legs. Is it permissible for a young woman to wear it? Question:
She is allowed to wear it, but if it is considered a beauty item, it is necessary to conceal it from non-mahram men. Answer:
Is it permissible to wear stockings that conceal what is underneath it? Question:
In principle, there is no problem in it. Answer:
A Muslim woman nurse visits patients; part of her work involves touching the body of men, Muslims as well as non-Muslims. Is this permissible for her, knowing that leaving her job would make it hard for her to find work? And is there a difference between touching the body of a Muslim and that of a non-Muslim? Question:
It is not permissible for a woman to touch the body of non-mahram man, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, except when it is necessary, in which case the prohibition is overridden. Answer:
A Muslim woman wears high heel shoes that hit the ground in such a way that it draws attention. Is she allowed to wear it? Question:
It is not permissible, if it is intended to draw the attention of non-mahram men to herself, or if it generally causes temptation [for committing sin]. Answer:
Is it permissible for a woman to wear rings, bangles, or necklace for the sake of beautification? Question:
It is permissible and it should be concealed from non-mahram men except for the rings and bangles, provided that there is no danger of committing that which is haram, or that exposing them should not be with the intention of drawing forbidden attention. Answer:
In the West it is possible to wear coloured contact lenses. Is it permissible for a Muslim woman to wear them for the sake of beautification and then appear in front of non-mahram men? Question:
If that is considered as an item of cosmetics, it is not allowed. Answer:
Is it permissible to sell ova of a woman? Is it permissible to buy them? Question:
It is permissible. Answer:
In some cases, women start losing their hair. Is it permissible for them to expose their hair to a doctor for the sake of treatment, irrespective of whether loss of hair entails difficulty for them, in that it is just for the sake of embellishment? Question:
It is permissible in the case of difficulty that is normally unbearable; and not without it. Answer:
Is it permissible for a Muslim woman to join a co-education college in the West in spite of the moral breakdown, and the laisser-faire attitude of some male and female students? Question:
If she is confident that she can preserve her faith, fulfill her religious duties, including the hijab, refrain from haram looking and touching, and be immune to immoral and adverse atmosphere, there is no problem in it; otherwise, it is not allowed. Answer:
In some Western countries, artists sit on the kerb of public footpaths and paint pictures of those who wish to get their portraits drawn for a fee. They do so by asking their customers to pose for them, and then carefully observe their faces in order to paint their portraits. Is it permissible for a woman with hijab to ask the artist to draw her picture? Question:
She should not do so. Answer:
Is wrestling in its various forms permissible for women? And are women allowed to look at the semi-naked bodies of the wrestlers live or on television without lustful thoughts? Question:
Wrestling is not allowed, if it involves hurting oneself or the opponent when it crosses the boundary of haram. It is a obligatory on a woman not to look at the body of a man, innocently, even on television, with the exception of the head, hands and feet, and other parts that are not normally concealed. Answer:
Is it permissible for women to look at the bodies of men who take off their clothes [i.e., shirts] during the mourning ceremony [when they do the matam]? Question:
Based on obligatory precaution, they should refrain from it. Answer:
A man voluntarily takes the responsibility of raising a girl, then she grows up into a woman. Is it obligatory on her to observe hijab in his presence? Is it obligatory on him not to look at her hair and not to touch her at all? Question:
Yes, all that is obligatory; and her relations with him should be like that of a non-mahram. Answer:
If pregnancy causes great difficulty for a daughter and a disgrace for her family, is she allowed to abort the foetus? Question:
It is permissible before the soul enters the feotus, if the difficulty reaches a level that is usually unbearable and there is no way out for her except abortion. Answer:
Is a woman allowed to wear trousers and take to the streets and markets? Question:
It is not allowed, if it reveals the contours of her body or would normally arouse temptation. Answer:
Is it permissible to wear a wig with the purpose of drawing attention and embellishing oneself in gatherings that are exclusively for women? Is this counted as “concealing the shortcomings”? Question:
There is no problem in it, if it is done only for beautification, and not for deceiving and concealing physical drawback, in the case of would-be marriage.

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