20 May 2024

What do the scholars of Islam say about micropigmentation of the scalp to hide baldness?

What do the scholars of Islam say about micropigmentation of the scalp to hide baldness?


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Dr Musharraf Hussain is an Islamic scholar, CEO of Karimia Institute, and senior trustee of Muslim Hands. Formerly he was the chairman of the Christian Muslim forum (2008-2010), vice chair of the Association of Muslim Schools (2000-2003). He trained and worked as a research scientist before becoming a fulltime Imam and teacher. He has authored over 30 books.

What do the scholars of Islam say about micropigmentation of the scalp to hide baldness?

It’s not easy to navigate what is permissible with our deen in the 21st century. 

That is the reason the British Fatwa Council were created. They aim to give answers to all of the things that fall into this grey area. Using Quran and Hadith, they answer people’s questions.

This fatwa is regarding scalp micro pigmentation and whether it’s permissible, answered by Dr Musharraf.

In modern society, cosmetic surgery and tattooing are common. In the Prophet’s time, it was also a fashion among women.

Tattooing is performed by piercing the body with a needle for drawing out blood and then filling this cavity with the dye of antimony, indigo, etc. This is called tattooing.

This is considered by some scholars as body modification, a deliberate change to one’s body to change how it looks. It can range from tattoos, piercings, gilding teeth with gold, hair extension, and skin implants to plastic surgery and more.

What are the motives of this practice? Some people want to look beautiful or scary. They often quote this verse:

“Those who worship idols invoke nothing but female deities besides and Satan, a persistent rebel! Cursed by Allah. The Satan said: ‘I will take fixed number of your slaves and mislead them and arouse false desires in them; furthermore, I will tell them to slit the ears of cattle, and to change the nature created by Allah’…” (Al-Nisa: 117-119).

So, they conclude that it is prohibited to interfere, modify, and disfigure any part of Allah’s creation.

Here are two Ahadith that further add weight to this opinion of the scholars. Asma’ said:

A woman came to the Prophet and asked, “Messenger of Allah, I have a daughter who had an attack of smallpox and her hair fell out. Now I want to celebrate her marriage, so can I get her a wig?” The Prophet said, “Allah has cursed the maker and wearer of wig.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Ibn ‘Umar said: The Messenger of Allah cursed the maker and wearer of a wig; the one who tattoos and the one who is tattooed. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Another opinion is that it is allowed. They cite a hadith that is agreed upon in which an angel comes to three men one is blind, the second is alopecia, and the third is bald.

So, the angel asks them what their wish is, it’s obvious they want to get rid of their defect, so the angel fulfils their wish to become sighted, free from white skin patches and gain a full head with hair. The scholars conclude that it’s allowed to have your defects cured and remedied.

So, in conclusion, if any of the procedures are genuinely done for correcting a defect it is allowed, but if it is done for vanity, showing off or playfully then it’s considered disliked or forbidden.

Allah knows the best

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