• beautiful • but • disobedient •

On the authority of ‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood – may Allaah be pleased with him, who said:

May Allaah curse those women who tattoo or seek to be tattooed, those women who remove facial hair or seek it to be removed and those women who put gaps between their teeth for beautification; those who seek to change Allaah’s creation.

This reached a woman from Bani Asad who was called Umm Ya’qoob and who used to read the Qur`aan. She came to [Ibn Mas’ood] and said, “What is this I hear from you, that you curse women who tattoo or seek to get tattooed, and those who remove facial hair and those who put gaps between their teeth for beauty, those who change Allaah’s creation?” ‘Abdullaah [Ibn Mas’ood] replied, “And why should I not curse those whom Allaah’s Messenger has cursed and those who are mentioned in Allaah’s Book?” She said, “I have read [the Qur`aan] from cover to cover and I have not seen it mentioned.” He replied, “If you had really read it [carefully] you would have found it; Allaah the Mighty and Sublime said:

And whatever the Messenger gives you, take it; and whatever he forbids you, shun it. [Al-Hashr (59):7]

The woman then said, “Well I have just seen some of this on your own wife.” He said, “Go and see her.” So she went to the wife of ‘Abdullaah but didn’t see anything. She returned to him and said, “I don’t see anything.” He said, “Well, if any of those practices had been done I would not be with her any more.”

Al-Bukhaari and Muslim. This translation is from the version in Muslim.

Points to note:

  • The teachings of Allaah’s Messenger have the same legal weight as teachings in the Qur`aan because the Qur`aan commands us to take everything the Messenger teaches us, even if it is not specifically mentioned in the Qur`aan. This refutes the claim of heretics who say we only need to follow the Qur`aan
  • It can even be said that a ruling given by Allaah’s Messenger is in the Qur`aan based on the verse quoted
  • Tattooing, removal of facial hair – including the plucking of eyebrows – and making gaps between the teeth for beautification are strictly forbidden in Islaam and are regarded as major sins. In another narration, hair extensions have also been mentioned
  • Exceptions have been made by scholars in cases where a woman suffers a condition that causes her to grow a full beard, or where filing of teeth and widening spaces are needed for medical reasons
  • Being cursed (al-la’nah) means to be removed from Allaah’s mercy; this goes to prove that these practices are major sins
  • People should ask Allaah to curse those whom Allaah’s Messenger has asked to be cursed
  • Women can ask male scholars about matters of religion and can converse with them for the purpose of understanding knowledge and legal rulings
  • Wives who remain disobedient to Allaah should be divorced
  • A person who helps another to sin is regarded as a participant in that sin

These points have been summarized from Ibn Hajar, Fath Al-Baari and An-Nawawi, Sharh Sahih Muslim.



3 Responses to “• beautiful • but • disobedient •”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    asslm alkm wr wb sweeeety

    radiAllaahu anhu. i pray our ummah is strengthend by akhwaan who see thru such a lens.

  2. umm ayaan Says:

    Good points to be noted…

  3. Amina Says:

    As’salaam aleikum. On the matter of disobedience or in-marriage, I think Allah is far more lenient than we give him credit. I wish our ummat could have some more leniency when it comes to opinion, though I don’t believe we should for fiqh. What is written is written.

    I also wish we blogged about marital issues when I had a husband b/c there’s so much more I would have learned. I’m happy to do it for sisters now, to pass along what is true and also what is from experience. May Allah guide the bloggers of our ummat.

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