Praise be to Allaah.
Allaah has permitted women to adorn themselves for their
husbands, and He has permitted them to adorn themselves in front of other
women and mahrams, but this adornment is not permissible if it involves
anything that goes against sharee’ah. So it is not permissible to apply
cosmetics that will cause her physical harm, and it is not permissible for
this adornment to involve changing the creation of Allaah. Kohl, henna and
the like do not involve changing the creation of Allaah, unlike filing the
teeth, plucking the eyebrows and tattoos -- these things do involve changing
the creation of Allaah with regard to shape and colour, hence these actions
are haraam and are major sins.
It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be
pleased with him) said: May Allaah curse the one who does tattoos and the
one who has a tattoo done, the one who plucks eyebrows and the one who has
her eyebrows plucked, and those who file teeth for the purpose of
beautification, changing the creation of Allaah. Narrated by al-Bukhaari
(5931) and Muslim (2125).
One of the things that is similar to these haraam actions is
that which is mentioned in the question of putting creams to make the lips
swell. This is unlike putting colour that is permissible and is not harmful
to the lips, because that does not fix a colour permanently like tattooing;
rather it is temporary and is no different from the ruling on henna and kohl
for the eyes. Hence it seems to us that making the lips larger with these
cosmetics is not permissible, because it is changing the creation of Allaah.
Even worse than that and more haraam is having surgery to make the lips
bigger. Such things are unknown except in the case of weakness and defeatism
and blind following of the kaafir west. These women are not content with the
way Allaah has created them; rather they have started to tamper with their
bodies, making things larger or smaller and seeking beauty in something
other than that which Allaah has created. Some of them have become a
laughing stock among people when they made their lips so big that they
looked like the lips of a camel! This is how people who saw them commented
So the Muslim women should feel proud of her religion and
morals and the rulings of Allaah's laws, and she should keep away from
imitating kaafir and immoral women. Allaah has permitted her to use many
things as adornment and He has not forbidden her anything except that which
is harmful to her body, attitude and religious commitment.
In our answer to question number
1006 we have mentioned various
kinds of cosmetic surgery and we have stated that among the kinds of such
surgery that are haraam is surgery to enlarge or reduce the breasts. This is
like the ruling on enlarging the lips, so please refer to this question.
See also the answer to question number
And Allaah knows best.