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Can I use collagen fillers to improve my facial look for my husband?

My husband does not see me beautiful and does not find my personality attractive but I work as a staff member in the faculty of pharmacy and have a large salary. Since day one of our marriage, I knew he married me for my money. He always tells me that I look bigger than him, although I am younger by three years. We have got two nice children. I tried to make laser in my face to improve my look to attract him to me and I even used fillers to remove some nasolabial grooves in my face and this is not plastic surgery, it is collagen injection that should be renewed every 7 months. He was amazed by this and our relationship improved a lot. But then I wondered if these collagen fillers are prohibited to use in this case, he likes me very much but when I doubted its permissibility, I stopped taking these fillers, my face looked old again (I am only 33), he started to hate me again and looked for other girls even for my sister who is more beautiful than me. What can I do? Is it permissible for me to continue using these collagen fillers?

Answer

Among the established principles of Islamic law [Shari'ah] is that harm is to be removed [ad-darar yuzal]. This is based on the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him and his family) who said: "Do not harm and do not reciprocate harm" [Recorded by Ahmed, IbnMajah, Al-Hakim and others. Imam An-Nawawi declared it a fair hadith [hasan).

The principle is that it is legally prohibited to conduct plastic surgery with the purpose of changing one's appearance without a medical necessity. However, it becomes lawful [halal] if it is medically decided by the physician that the procedure will achieve either physical or psychological benefit especially one which affects the stability of life in general and of marital life in particular; or to remove either a congenital defect or one that occurs later in life. However, this must be done according to what is medically determined in order not to harm you.

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