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Question: I am a guy in my early youth; I try to abide by the Islamic ways and try to be a good Muslim. But I have a problem. Allah created me with a big nose, and it obviously sticks out of my face. I try not to think of it, but every time I pass by a mirror or see my self in a picture, it bothers me greatly, although I dont show it. My friends and even my family make fun of my nose from time to time. Although they are joking, it still hurts me deeply, and I try my best not to show it. Am I allowed to undergo a nasal surgery?

You are allowed to undergo nasal surgery if your nose is excessively large and abnormal in size and it causes you undue psychological and emotional trauma; this permission in Islam, however, is conditional on the fact that such a procedure is considered rather safe and has been recommended to you by a trustworthy/reliable specialist or specialists in the field.

Having said this, however, I must caution you against resorting to this procedure simply for cosmetic purposes; for to do so for mere cosmetic reasons is considered akin to mutilation of the creation of Allah. If, on the other hand, it is considered a deformity and your nose causes you emotional and psychological harm as it invites jeers and laughs, then that is considered a genuine reason for undertaking corrective surgery. The Prophet, peace be upon him, is reported to have told ‘A’ishah, “You are allowed to remove what is objectionable and causing harm!” One of the accepted principles of jurisprudence states, “harm/injury shall be averted”. There are also precedents from the Prophet, peace be upon him, in the sources that he allowed his companions to resort to corrective procedures in case of broken teeth and nose.

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