What is the significance of physical beauty in Islam?


Trendy clothes, new shoes, expensive makeup, lengthy workouts and trips to the salon; we all make an effort to look our best. However, we often fail to think: Is this taking away from some of the more important things in life? Does every sort of attractiveness count as beautiful? What sort of physical changes does Islam encourage?

“Allah does not look at your outward appearance and your wealth, rather He looks at your hearts and deeds.”

-Sahih Muslim

Islam prohibits any permanent changes to one’s body such as tattoos and plastic surgeries.  In addition, Allah condemns those who are extravagant in their attire and lifestyle. However, Allah does encourage cleanliness and one’s efforts to appear pleasant.

Imaam Al-Bukhari reported that Abu Juhayfah, may Allah be pleased with him, said:

“The Prophet cursed those ladies who practice tattooing and those who get themselves tattooed.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Narrated Al-Bara bin Azib:

“Allah’s Apostle was given a silken garment, and its beauty and delicacy astonished the people. On that, Allah’s Apostle said, “No doubt, the handkerchiefs of Sa`d bin Mu`adh in Paradise are better than this.”

-Sahih Bukhari

‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Prophet (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said, “He who has, in his heart, an ant’s weight of arrogance will not enter Jannah.” Someone said: “A man likes to wear beautiful clothes and shoes?” Messenger of Allah (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said, “Allah is Beautiful, He loves beauty. Arrogance means ridiculing and rejecting the Truth and despising people.”
                                                                                                                                              – Sahih Muslim

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