Are Fake Eyelashes Haram? The Complete Evidence

are fake eyelashes haram

In the vibrant world of beauty and makeup, a trend that has garnered immense popularity is the use of fake eyelashes. These tiny strands have the power to transform one’s appearance, adding a touch of glamour and sophistication to the eyes. They accentuate the natural beauty of the eyes, working in harmony with eyeliner and mascara to create stunning looks that captivate and mesmerize.

But amidst the allure and the sparkle, a pressing question emerges for many Muslim women around the globe: “Are fake eyelashes haram?” It is a question that delves deep into the intersection of faith and beauty, seeking to find a balance between adhering to religious principles and embracing modern beauty enhancements.

About Fake Eyelashes

Fake eyelashes and lash extensions have carved out a significant niche, becoming indispensable tools in the makeup routines of individuals worldwide. These enhancements, available in a spectrum of materials including synthetic fibers, mink, and human hair, are applied using special adhesives that bond them securely to the natural lashes, promising a fuller, longer, and more defined lash line.

To appreciate the depth of this topic, it is essential to delineate the differences between fake eyelashes and lash extensions, as they cater to different needs and preferences:

Aspect Fake Eyelashes Lash Extensions
Material Synthetic fibers, mink, human hair Synthetic fibers, silk, mink
Application Applied as a strip along the lash line using a temporary adhesive Individual fibers applied one by one to the natural lashes using a semi-permanent adhesive
Duration Designed for short-term wear, usually for a day or a special occasion Long-lasting, remains for several weeks, enduring daily activities including showering and sleeping
Look Can offer a dramatic, bold look, enhancing the eyes prominently Offers a natural, subtle enhancement, adding volume and length to the natural lashes
Application Method Self-Application: Can be applied by oneself, offering flexibility and convenience Professional Application: Generally applied by a certified technician to ensure safety and precision

Are Fake Eyelashes Haram?

Fake eyelashes are considered haram because they fall under the prohibition of changing Allah’s creation. This perspective is derived from the teachings that discourage altering the natural form that Allah has bestowed upon an individual.

وَلَأُضِلَّنَّهُمْ وَلَأُمَنِّيَنَّهُمْ وَلَـَٔامُرَنَّهُمْ فَلَيُبَتِّكُنَّ ءَاذَانَ ٱلْأَنْعَـٰمِ وَلَـَٔامُرَنَّهُمْ فَلَيُغَيِّرُنَّ خَلْقَ ٱللَّهِ ۚ وَمَن يَتَّخِذِ ٱلشَّيْطَـٰنَ وَلِيًّۭا مِّن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ فَقَدْ خَسِرَ خُسْرَانًۭا مُّبِينًۭا

“I will certainly mislead them and delude them with empty hopes. Also, I will order them and they will slit the ears of cattle  and alter Allah’s creation.” And whoever takes Satan as a guardian instead of Allah has certainly suffered a tremendous loss.”

Another consideration is the prohibition of hair extensions. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ  expressly cursed women who tied their hair together.

أَخْبَرَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْمُثَنَّى، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى، عَنْ هِشَامٍ، قَالَ حَدَّثَتْنِي فَاطِمَةُ، عَنْ أَسْمَاءَ، أَنَّ امْرَأَةً، جَاءَتْ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَتْ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ إِنَّ بِنْتًا لِي عَرُوسٌ وَإِنَّهَا اشْتَكَتْ فَتَمَزَّقَ شَعْرُهَا فَهَلْ عَلَىَّ جُنَاحٌ إِنْ وَصَلْتُ لَهَا فِيهِ فَقَالَ

‏ “‏ لَعَنَ اللَّهُ الْوَاصِلَةَ وَالْمُسْتَوْصِلَةَ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

It was narrated from Asma’ that:

A woman came to the Messenger of Allah [SAW] and said: “O Messenger of Allah , a daughter of mine is going to get married. She got sick and her hair fell out. Is there any sin on me if I give her hair extensions?”

He said: “Allah has cursed the woman who affixes hair extensions and the one who has that done.”

However, fake eyelashes can be permissible under certain conditions:

  1. It is made from materials considered non-impure and permissible in Islam.
  2. It is not made from human hair.
  3. The woman who wears it must have permission from her husband or master (reflects the historical context where the guidance was provided).

This ruling is based on scholar Sulaiman ibn Muhammad ibn Umar Asy Syafi’i in his book Hasyiah Al-Bujairimi ‘ala Syarh Minhjit Thullab.

Considerations for Health and Safety

The regular application and removal of these products not only have religious implications but also pose potential health risks. There are critical considerations one must bear in mind, highlighting the possible adverse effects and the preventive measures that can be adopted.

Potential Adverse Effects

Adverse Effects Description
Eye Infections Bacterial infections can occur due to improper hygiene and the use of expired or contaminated products.
Allergic Reactions Some individuals may develop allergic reactions to the materials or adhesives used in eyelash enhancements.
Weakened Natural Lashes Constant application and removal can lead to weakened natural lashes, causing them to break or fall out.
Irritation and Redness The chemicals in the adhesives can cause irritation and redness in the eyes.

Preventive Measures

Preventive Measures Description
Quality Products Opt for high-quality products that are safe and certified for use.
Proper Hygiene Maintain hygiene by cleaning the eyelash extensions regularly and removing them properly before sleeping.
Giving Breaks Allow natural lashes to rest by taking breaks between consecutive applications of lash enhancements.
Professional Guidance Seek guidance from professionals for the application of lash extensions to ensure safety and precision.

Tips for Safe Fake Eyelash

  • Patch Test: Before using a new product, perform a patch test to check for any allergic reactions.
  • Proper Removal: Use a gentle makeup remover to safely remove the eyelash enhancements without damaging the natural lashes.
  • Regular Cleaning: Ensure regular cleaning of the eyelash extensions to prevent the buildup of dirt and bacteria.
  • Consultation: In case of any discomfort or adverse reactions, consult a healthcare provider promptly.

Final Words

In conclusion, the question of whether fake eyelashes are haram is a nuanced one, with various factors coming into play. While there are circumstances where it is considered haram, there are also conditions under which it can be permissible.

Allahu A’lam (Allah Knows best)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ruling on praying with false lashes on?

Praying with false lashes on is a matter of debate among scholars. It is generally advised to avoid wearing them during prayers to maintain the sanctity and focus during the spiritual act.

Are mink lashes considered halal?

Mink lashes are derived from animal fur, and their halal status can be questionable. It is recommended to opt for lashes made from halal-certified or synthetic materials to be on the safe side.

Can you make Wudu with false lashes on?

Yes, you can perform Wudhu with fake eyelashes as long as the materials used are halal and do not prevent water from reaching the natural lashes. If you are unsure, it is better to remove them before performing Wudu.

Are fake eyelashes made from human hair permissible in Islam?

Using fake eyelashes made from human hair is generally considered haram (impermissible) in Islam due to the prohibition of using human body parts in adornment.

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