Assalaamu alaikum

Respected ‘Ulama

There is a non-Muslim makeup artist who is highly qualified in his field. He claims to be gay. It has recently become a trend among some Muslim women to get their faces done up by this makeup artist.

After applying the makeup, he often takes pictures of these women and displays them on Instagram.

Could the ‘Ulama please explain the status of this in the sharee‘ah.


Bismihi Ta‘ala

Wa ‘alaikumus salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barkaatuh

Respected Sister in Islam

Every person is blessed with an in-born vital quality and essential human value known as hayaa (shame/modesty). Hayaa is the natural brakes within a person that stops him/her from all immorality and vice. While this is a natural, in-born quality, it can nevertheless be lost if one is exposed to immorality.

In this era, due to the tremendous exposure to immorality and filth via the television, movies, magazines, internet, social media, etc., in many cases hayaa has been lost. Shame and modesty for them are mere words. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said, “If you do not possess hayaa, you will do as you wish” (Saheeh Bukhaari #3484). In other words, there will be nothing to stop you from the worst indecent filth, Allah Ta‘ala forbid.

This entire “make-up” session is a complete “break-up” session – break-up of hayaa, of morality, and of one’s deen. The immoral “artist” as well as the “client” who has lost hayaa – both are involved in zina. Even a doctor may not touch any part of the female patient which is not necessary for the treatment of the patient. Such “make-up” is not a necessity. To ask a male – and that too someone who is as downright immoral – to do one’s “make-up” is total absurdity. It is disgusting and utterly shocking. The displaying of the photograph and the open advertising of one’s immorality and vice is an added extremely major sin.

In short, this is totally haraam and draws down the wrath of Allah Ta‘ala, may Allah Ta‘ala forbid. What if death strikes at that moment, while in this state of zina!!!

May Allah Ta‘ala protect us all from every vice and immorality.

Answered by:

Uswatul Muslimah Panel of ‘Ulama