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.”
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.”