Supertitious about Moles

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Asalam O Alaikum! I am 21 year old guy from Pakistan. The problem I am stating here is somewhat superstitious. Well, things were going fine in our family 3 years ago. My mother, my little brother and I had a mole on cheek. After finding the proper treatment my mother and my brother decided to rub out that mole. After using the cream for few days the moles went off. But after this, a very serious accident happened to our family in shape of my father’s untimely death. Relatives and other people attributed such accident to mole and said that the very moles were sign of fortune for our family and removing it caused such misery. Since I hadn't get my mole removed by that time, therefore, my family-members prohibited me to remove it. Now, I want to remove it through a cream which will be unavalaible in market after 1 week. I am feared that removing the mole may bring another such accident. I am in dilemma about what should i do; remove it or not? Sir, kindly eliminate my fear by stating your scholarly knowledge. Tell me what to do and if there is any reality behind such things? Also, how can we avoid ourselves to not get trapped by such worries? Jazakallah Khaira……. Regards, Rahman Khan
The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

It is permissible to remove the mole on your face with the permission of a pious and expert doctor or psychologist. When there is no health and psychological problems, it is not permissible to remove it only with the intention of becoming much more beautiful and attractive. You can get some detailed information in regard with plastic surgery below and you will find your answer in the last paragraph.

Having a cosmetic surgery which is known as “beautification operation” or “face-lifting” is generally applied to nose, chin, breasts and face. It is a kind of disaster which encourages by materialistic mentality who gives much importance to the shape and appearance rather than morality and spiritual goodness.

Actually, a right-minded person complies with the body bestowed upon him by the Almighty Allah. To create the organs of the body in their proper places and to place them optimally in the body is enough for a human to be thankful to God. People should be satisfied with their natural figures, specialties and beauties which given to them cost freely and without any effort, and they should not attempt to change their forms in the aim of making their natural form more attractive.
If the matter is evaluated religiously, we encounter with three points:

The first is; the main source of this behavior is the baleful apprehensions. As a matter of fact, when Satan did not prostrate to Adam (peace be upon him) and was expelled from the presence of Allah, he said; “"I will mislead them, and I will create in them false desires; I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and to deface the (fair) nature created by Allah…” (1)
Giving ear to this baleful apprehension of Satan, before Islam the Arabs were dying their skins with blue color and they were leaving some hair on their children heads in behalf of their idols.  
Our Prophet (PBUH) did not approve the changes done to body by some operations. In the narrations of Bukhari and Muslim it is stated that those, who tattoo or being tattooed, dress their teeth to make thin, plucks their eyebrows, wear periwig and change the form that was given by Allah, just to become beautiful, will be deprived of mercy and grace of Allah. (2)    

Both who do these treatments and who have plastic surgery to their faces or other parts of their bodies, are those who disapprove of the arts of Allah and who protest against faith and do not accept the beautifulness and forms which are given to him by Allah. Thus, if there isn’t any serious reason or health problem, having plastic surgery do not regard as permissible.  

The second reason why plastic surgery is not regarded as permissible is tyrannizing over the body and inflicting pain on it. Both who tattooed and dressed their teeth to make thin in the past and who have plastic surgery in these days, are those who torment their bodies and put at risk their lives which are given in deposit to them by Allah. Those who have an operation and being narcotized are mostly faced with danger. Whereas Allah forbids such kinds of operations by ordering; “… and make not your own hands contribute to (your) destruction; …” (3)
The third matter is; since this operation is too expensive, it causes a big extravagancy. And what is more is that extravagancy is consumed not for the reality and essence but for appearance and shape. Today in which many people do not have enough money to get rid of their serious diseases, many people waste millions of money and have plastic surgery just to become more beautiful. And wasting money is forbidden.
But if there is an acceptable reason the condition changes. For example, congenital diseases and disabilities such as “cleft lip” and having a physical disability are the exceptional conditions of that matter. Having a defect after burning, traffic accident or any other accidents can be regarded as exceptional conditions too. That is to say, those who have such kinds of defects, if they psychologically feel difficulty and feel inferiority complex, if their personalities are offended and this situation make them low and ugly; having an operation for such a defect is regarded as an excuse for therapy. (4) Therefore there isn’t any drawback for this operation, since Allah doesn’t make religion difficult to us. The meaning of the term “to become beautiful”, which passes in the hadith mentioned above, clarifies the topic. That is to say, if having a plastic surgery and changing the shape of body is not because of the intention of repairing or removing a defect or disturbance, but just to become more beautiful, then it is forbidden. If the intention is to remove a defect and ugliness to render the part to its natural shape, it is permissible.
1.Women (An-Nisáa), 119.

2.Muslim, Libas (Dressing): 119,120; Bukhari, Libas (Dressingf): 82,85.

3.The Heifer (Al-Baqarah), 195.

4.Umdat’l- Kari, 22: 63; Al-Kardavi, Islamda Helal ve Haram (Permissible and Impermissible things in Islam), p. 103.

                                                    Mehmed Paksu  (Helal – Haram (Permissible- Impermissible))

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