women using makeup

source: silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor – the series of guidance and light tape no. 697


Question #3: “Is it allowed for the woman to put on make-up if she leaves her house wearing the hijaab?”

Shaykh al-Albaani (rahimahullaah) answers:

It is not permissible for the woman who does not wear hijaab, let alone who wears hijaab, to use the makeup of the disbeliever, the make-up of the rebellious and disobedient (to Allaah). When were you aware of some women’s adornment called by a name for which Allaah did not send down an authority: ‘make-up’? This is a word that we don’t know, not us nor your forefathers from before. Rather, it is a foreign word expressing an adornment for the rebellious and disobedient women of Europe; and our women – except those of them whom Allaah protects – unfortunately imitate decorating themselves with this adornment which the Islamic society is being affected by, namely make-up. So it is not permissible for the woman. And this reality is one of the strange ironies: in the road we see a woman wearing a decent hijaab (but) I don’t say the Islamically legislated hijaab; she ties what they call the ‘ishaarb’ – or khimaar which is the (correct) Arabic word – covering her hair, her neck and so on, but she has face powder and lipstick on. This (wearing the hijaab) is against this (wearing make-up): two contradictory, conflicting matters that do not go together. What is the reason (for this type of occurrence)? It is one of two things: either ignorance and heedlessness of the Islamically legislated ruling or it is due to the women’s following of the whisperings of shaytaan.

Therefore, we firstly remind the women who suffer from this make-up. Then secondly, we remind the guardians of women such as a father or a husband or a brother, due to the fact that (the Prophet) (‘alayhi ssalaat wa ssalaam) said: ‘Everyone of you is a shepherd and everyone of you is responsible for his flock. So the man is a shepherd and he is responsible for his flock-’[1] to the end of the hadeeth. Thus, the Arabic or general proverb states: ‘The horse is from the horseman.’ So you, the husband of the woman, it is not permissible for you to allow her to go out in this manner which puts to trial the middle-aged men, let alone the young men! And you, O man, O father, O brother, are supposed to be very jealous. Why? Because the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa aalihi wa sallam) used to say: ‘A duyyooth will not enter Paradise.’[2] Why? Who is a duyyooth? He is the one who does not guard his womenfolk jealously.”


[1] Saheeh al-Bukhaari # 893
Saheeh at-Targheeb # 2071 


asaheeha translations


5 thoughts on “women using makeup

  1. Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
    So does this mean that Muslim women should never wear makeup, even if it’s home when only her husband is there, or in her (Non-mixed) Wedding?

  2. wa ‘alayki ssalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu wa maghfiratuh,

    there are many other forms of adornment that one may use, in the circumstances you described, that are permissible and pleasing to Allaah; as for makeup however, inshaa Allaah the following will clarify your question:

    source: silsilat ul-hudaa wa nnoor – the series of guidance and light – tape no. 97

    Question: Is it permissible for women to use makeup and powder on the face?

    Shaykh al-Albaani answers: “It is not allowed as long as that is from the customs of the disbelievers, for indeed it is imitating (the disbelievers), which has been prohibited in more than one hadeeth.”

  3. As salaamu alayki warahmatullaah ya ukhti fillaah.Firstly,jazaakillaahu khayran wa zaadakillaah ilman naafi wa hirsan for your efforts in conveying the muhaddith’s extraordinary works -may Allaah ta’ala accept it from you.Then,you said that there are other adornments one could use for beautification.Could you elaborate on what these are so that we are sufficed from imitating the kuffaaraat,baarakallaahu feeki?

    1. wa ‘alayki ssalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh wa maghfiratuh ukhti,

      ameen wa iyyaak, ahsan allaah ilayki wa yataqabbal minki, may Allaah reward you highly,

      na’am what i mean by that is using for instance kohl and henna, also beautiful clothing and jewellery, and such; and you will find that the women at the time of the Prophet (‘alayhi ssalaat wa ssalaam) used to use these as well.

      of course we have to keep in mind that there are guidelines for the clothing and jewellery,

      as for the clothing, it can’t resemble the disbelievers, and if this is a gathering of women, then a sister should be careful not to cross her limits in exposing herself (you can click here to read about that). and as for the jewellery, Shaykh al-Albaani mentioned that circular gold jewellery such as the necklace, bracelet and ring, are prohibited for women as well (i will soon inshaaAllaah be posting the daleel and Shaykh’s refutations against those who permit it). and Allaah knows best.

      baarakAllaahu feeki wa jazaakillaahu khayran

  4. Jazaakillaah khayran!I’m elated for having known this alhamdulillaah,wa ahsanAllaah ilayki,for this is something most women fall into,even the salafiyaat,may Allaah guide us.Again,may Allaah ta’ala reward you abundantly and lighten your face.

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