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Is it permissible to wear perfumes that contain alcohol?
Most modern perfumes contain alcohol as a solvent and/or to speed up dispersion of the smelling agent. This alcohol usually comes from industrial chemical process of producing ethyl alcohol. It does not come from the usual fermentation of carbohydrates such as fruits. Most contemporary ulama are of the view that industrially produced alcohol from chemical process is not najis since it is poisonous and cannot be consumed. But traditionally produced alcohol from fruits and foods, is still najis.
Can muslim students take part in laboratory experiments that involve the use of alcohol?
Alcohol has several categories. The first is alcohol or ethanol derived from fermentation of carbohydrates. This is considered as filth since it is the original source of alcoholic beverages. The second category is alcohol produced chemically from hydrocarbons. According to most Islamic scholars, this type of alcohol is not filth, since it is not meant for consumption, and that it does come from food. Alcohol used in laboratories mainly falls into the second category since it will be very expensive to obtain the first category purified alcohol. Hence, it is permissible to conduct experiments or to use alcohol in laboratories, especially if it is for education, since Islam is a religion that emphasizes much on education.
What is Islam's ruling with regards to cord blood donation?
A Muslim can donate his/her cord blood as the blood contains cells vital to replace the blood cells in a person who has leukemia, bone marrow failure or certain rare inherited diseases. The collection process does not interfere in the birth process and therefore does not endanger both mother and child. Since the benefit of cord blood donation is prevalent while there is no harm involved, it is therefore allowed in Islam.
Is cord blood banking to store the cord blood of a new born baby to treat possible future ailments allowed?
Since cord blood collection and donation is allowed in Islam, cord blood banking for the benefit of the child is also allowed.
This is due to its potential benefit and because there is no known harm in doing it.
Is crowning on the tooth allowed? Is wudhu' be valid since the tooth will be covered?
Islam allows the crowning of the tooth because it is done for medical purpose, and not for beauty sake. The tooth is not considered body parts that should be washed with water since it is the internal part of the body. Even wudhu’ without washing the mouth is still valid.
What is the ruling on filling in chipped or broken teeth?
The process of filling to fill up or straighten broken or chipped teeth is a medical procedure and it is therefore allowed.
Is it permissible to install teeth implants to replace teeth that have dropped?
Teeth implants do not fall into the category of changing what Allah has created, since it is replacing what has been destroyed or disappeared. Islam allows teeth implants as much as other implants for organs that are not there anymore.
Is wearing braces allowed in Islam?
It is not haram to wear braces since it does not constitute changing Allah's creation. What constitutes changing Allah's creation is the act of changing permanently something that is already normal. Braces are worn for crooked teeth that are not normal, so it is not haram to wear it.
What is Islam's view on plastic surgery such as liposuction?
Muslims are not allowed to change permanently or semi-permanently any of their physical appearence, and this include cosmetic plastic surgery. Allah says in surah An-Nisaa, verse 119, narrating the words of Iblis when he defied Allah: and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allâh.
However, Muslims are also encouraged to be healthy, and to seek medicinal help for their health problems. As such, plastic surgery for beautification per se is not allowed. But undergoing plastic surgery to restore a badly deformed body parts (due to accident or burn), is allowed since it will try to restore to the original state and it is something done out of necessity and not vanity.
Liposuction, which is removal of body fats by surgical methods, is allowed only for therapeutic purposes, such as when the fat is too much that it endangers one's life or endangers the pregnancy itself. But it should satisfy the following conditions:
* That there are no other safer and cheaper methods to lose weight.
* That the liposuction procedure itself has been agreed upon by credible doctors that it is safe, or has very high chance of success.
Is Lasik Surgery allowed in Islam?
Treatment surgery such as correcting one’s vision is permitted by Islam. Furthermore, Islam encourages muslims to seek treatment for each and every sickness that has befallen upon them. The Prophet s.a.w said that there is no sickness that Allah s.w.t has given to the world that comes without a cure. In another Hadith, the Prophet s.a.w urged his followers to seek treatment for their sicknesses.
Nevertheless, Islam also acknowledges the fact that not everyone can afford to seek treatment, specially in today’s context. Hence, it is acceptable if one is unable to do so and if one is patient, Insya Allah one will be rewarded accordingly.
Is it permissible for one to remove one’s birthmark?
It is permissible for one to remove one’s birthmark as it is not in the category of changing Allah’s creations. Birthmarks are an addition to one’s normal physical appearance.
How does one handle used cooking oil that may have been used to cook pork and recycled to produce biodiesel?
Whatever comes into contact with pig or porcine products is considered as najis. This includes oil used to cook pork. Hence, when handling such oil, one must ensure that there is no direct skin contact with the oil. If the oil is then changed chemically to become biodesel, it is permissible to use it for powering machines, since it is not consumable.
Is organ donation to non-Muslims permissible?
Organ donation to non-Muslims is permissible in Islam. However, we would like to point out that Muslim scholars are agreeable only on the donation of kidney, cornea, liver, heart and blood. These are organs in which the transfer success rate surpassed the minimum requirement for organ donation in Islam.
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