Are boob jobs okay for Muslim women?
03 February 2015, 12:41
Nairobi - The most common problem for most women is weight, in which case the solution is simple: eat right an exercise. This, however, doesn't usually work for women who are unhappy with their breast size.
Besides boob alterations being invasive and costly, they may also be a bit tricky for Muslim women.
Breast enlargement methods
Unfortunately there’s no magic solution, and surgery is considered the most effective method to tighten sagging breasts. But, there are also natural oils and herbs like fenugreek that contain oestrogen, which may improve the appearance of a woman's lady lumps. Special bras and chest toning exercises can also be a solution.
The question is are Muslim women allowed to employ any of these methods?
According to the Modest Muse, a website specialising in Muslim teachings, breast surgery is permissible if there is an incidental disfigurement of the breast that is causing severe embarrassment.
Modifying the breasts is also permissible if the shape or size is off-putting to a woman's husband. A Muslim woman may therefore participate in breast surgery as long as it is for health reasons and not for the purpose of making herself more attractive to men other than her husband.
Natural breast enhancing treatment
Any treatment that is administered by a female and does not contain "haraam" (forbidden by Muslim law) ingredients is permissible for Muslim women, as long as the treatment doesn't involve any health risks.
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This does not mean that breast enhancing treatment is always permissible under these circumstances – a woman's intentions should also be taken into account. If the surgery is simply to increase beauty and is not requested by the husband then it is not permissible, because it is changing the creation of Allah without a valid reason.
If the condition doesn't pose an urgent health risk, then using natural herbs and creams is a better option as it may be easier than undergoing surgery which involves anaesthesia.
In Islam it is important to differentiate between beautification and removing faults when considering any cosmetic procedure.
Don't rush the decision
Dr Shane Barker, a plastic surgeon at Constantiaberg mediclinic in Cape Town, says part of qualifying as a good candidate for breast surgery means being realistic about the results of the procedure.
He says that that surgery can be extremely beneficial for a woman's sexuality and self confidence, but that there are also risks. For example, breast augmentation will definitely leave a certain degree of scarring. Women need to consider all the facts before having breast surgery.
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