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Is natural breast enlargement or enhancement okay?

20 March 2015, 12:07 Mushra Hartley

Modest Muse advises a woman on whether or not it would be permissible to seek natural breast enhancement or enlargement after having children.

Q: I am a mother of 3 kids under the age of 7. After breastfeeding my breasts are now small and have no shape or firmness. What does Shari'ah law rule on natural breast enhancement like herbal remedies or capsules that do not contain haraam substances? My main reason for wanting to do this is for pleasing my husband and for the sake of Allah, not to beautify or attract attention from other men.

May Allah guide and protect us all from temptation and the whispers of Shaytaan Insha-Allah Ameen. 

A: Bismillah’hir Raghmaan hir Ragheem. Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah’s guidance)

If this is done in a permissible way (i.e.) the treatment is administered by a female physician and there are no haraam ingredients nor is there anything else impermissible and this procedure does not cause any harm then it will be permissible.

If the aim in enlarging the breasts is to increase beauty, that is not permissible, because it is changing the creation of Allah. If the breasts are so small or unfirm, as to cause you embarrassment and distress, then there is nothing wrong with enlarging them in ways that will not cause you harm, such as using creams and so on. 

Treating that with creams is easier than having surgery which involves anaesthesia or uncovering the ‘awrah in the event that there is no specialized female doctor available.

What we have mentioned about differentiating between beautification and removing faults is the general guideline with regard to cosmetic procedures.

Regarding a surgical procedure for breast enlargement/ reshaping or reduction: If the disfigurement that you are dealing with is incidental and is causing you severe embarrassment as well as putting your husband off, for example, and you are not doing this operation for the purpose of making yourself more beautiful, but only to remove or reduce an accidental disfigurement, then there is nothing wrong with doing it, insha Allah.

And Only Allah Ta’ala Knows Best.

Sources: Moulana Qamruz Zaman - London, UK and

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid – http://islamqa.info/

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