Question(s)

Eyelash extensions are glued onto the existing eyelashes, not the skin. They last for about 6 weeks. A sister saw the article and wore eyelash extensions. But because they are glued to the original eyelashes, this means that part of the original eyelashes aren’t washed when doing wudhu and ghusl. My question is:
1. Does the eyelashes have to be washed when doing wudhu/ghusl or is washing the eyelid enough.
2. Will she have to repeat all the salaah she prayed whilst having these extensions (if her wudhu wasn’t valid)
3. If there’s a few weeks left till the eyelashes fall out and she can’t remove them, what should she do (in terms of doing wudhu and reading namaaz).

Answer(s)

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

1) In principle, it is obligatory to wash every part of the face from the tip of the forehead to the chin and from one earlobe to the other. Thus, the eyelashes must also be washed when performing Wudhu/Ghusl and it is not enough to wash the eyelid only. [1]

2) In principle, if her Wudhu is deemed invalid, each Salāh she has missed, she will be required to make up for it, regardless of the number of Salāh accumulated. She may exclude any days in the state of menses etc. [2]

3) It has come to our attention that there are different types of eyelashes. Accordingly, if it is possible to remove the eyelashes, the various methods of removal should be explored and adopted in a safe manner. However, in the scenario in question, based on our consultation with cosmetic experts, it seems like the eyelashes are semi-permanent (‘Russian Eyelashes’). We have been informed that it is very difficult to remove such eyelashes and this requires professional help, which is often quite costly. [3]

Thus, if this is indeed the case, it will be considered whether one was aware of the eyelashes being difficult to remove and possible hinderance to Wudhu/Ghusl etc. Now, there are two possibilities:
1. If one genuinely had no idea that this would occur, then in such a scenario, one will be deemed excused. Accordingly, one’s Wudhu’ will be valid if all the other conditions & obligatory acts are fulfilled. [4]

2. Nonetheless, if one was aware before applying the extensions that this would occur, then one must make up the Salāh she has missed, based on number 2 above. [5]

Finally, the aforementioned points are with regards to Wudhu/Ghusl in this scenario and is notwithstanding that such semi-permanent means should be avoided, especially when they are merely for beautification. [6]

Note: The concession provided in the scenario in question is circumstantial due to need and generally, removable fake eyelashes etc. may also act as a barrier for Wudhu/Ghusl and thus, must be removed.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best.
Mubasshir Talha
23 Jumādā al-Thāniyah 1442 / 5 February 2021

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[Notes]

In essence, changing the creation of Allah (Taghyīr Bi Khalqillah) can be defined as: The addition or removal of something to/from a body part for cosmetic purposes in such a way that the addition or removal becomes permanent and it seems that the individual was born in this way. Although the Eyelash Extensions in question are semi-permanent rather than completely permanent, they should still be avoided as they seek to deceive with false beauty. Accordingly, in general circumstances, to have such changes made unnecessarily, for increase of beautification is prohibited. Finally, it must be emphasised that the concession provided in the scenario in question is circumstantial, due to need and generally, such fake eyelashes may also act as a barrier for Wudhu/Ghusl etc, as demonstrated.

[References]

[1]
قوله: (الأول) أي الفرض الأول (غسل الوجه) قوله: (وهو) أي الوجه أي حده (من منبت الناصية إلى أسفل الذقن طولًا ومن شحمة الأذن إلى شحمة الأذن عرضًا) لأنه مشتق من المواجهة، وهي تقع بهذه الجملة، والذقن بفتح الذال المعجمة وفتح القاف: مجتمع لحيي الإنسان) قوله: (ويجب غسل الشعر السائر للخدين والذقن) لأنه قائم مقام ما تحته، وما تحته كان داخلًا في الفرض، فكذا هذا قوله: (ولا يجب غسل ما تحته) أي ما تحت الذقن ليس من الوجه، وكذا ما تحت الشارب والحاجب، لوصول الماء إليه
[Minhah al-Sulook, 52, Al-Awqāf]

وفي ابن أمير حاج يجب إيصال الماء إلى أهداب العينين وموقيهما اه
[Hāshiyah al-Tahtāwi ala ‘l Marāqi al-Fālah, 1/63, DKI]

يجب إيصال الماء إلى أهداب العينين وموقيهما
[Halbatul Majalli, 43, DKI]

[2]
فالأصل فيه أن كل صلاة فاتت عن الوقت بعد ثبوت وجوبها فيه فإنه يلزم قضاؤها، سواء تركها عمدا أو سهوا أو بسبب نوم، وسواء كانت الفوائد كثيرة أو قليلة
[al-Bahr al-Rā’iq, 2/140-141, DKI]

[3]
“There a number of different fake eyelashes. The oldest are eyelash strips. These are glued to the skin of upper eyelid near the eyelashes. They last a day and can be removed with warm water. Sometimes they fall off on their own, if the glue is not strong. The next are individual small bunches of eyelashes that are glued on as small bunches onto the eyelashes. These last 2-3 days from application. Often, they need a solution to take them off, or occasionally when women try remove them forcibly, their eyelashes can be pulled with them.

The eyelashes in question are likely Russian eyelashes. These eyelashes last for as long as the life of the eyelash, and eyelashes have a life of 42 days. They can only be removed with a solution. They cannot be removed at home. If anyone tries, they end up pulling their eyelashes out. You either have to wait until your eyelashes fall out or you have to have them removed with a solution.” (Correspondence with Dr Amina, Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dermatology Expert, Bradford)

“To avoid damage to your natural lashes lash extensions are best removed professionally by your lash technician. A special gel or cream remover is applied and the process usually takes between 10-15 minutes.”
[Elle Site – URL: https://bit.ly/3oPUkZ2]

[4]
الرابع: يلزم من هذا الحد أنه يجب غسل داخل العينين والأنف والفم وأصول شعر الحاجبين واللحية والشارب وونيم الذباب ودم البراغيث وليس كذلك…وعن الرابع أن هذه الأشياء سقطت للحرج
[Tabyīn al-Haqā’iq, 1/30, DKI]

قوله: لنفوذه فيه لقلته – بل ولو منع دفعا للحرج
[Hāshiyah al-Tahtāwi ala ‘l Marāqi al-Fālah, 1/63, DKI]

قوله: للحرج – أي فإن هذه المذكورات وإن كانت داخلة في حد الوجه المذكور إلا أنها لا يجب غسلها للحرج
[Raddul Muhtār, 1/323, Farfur]

والصحيح قولنا لأن محل الفرض استتر بالحائل وصار بحال لا يواجه الناظر إليه فسقط الفرض عنه وتحول إلى الحائل
[Durar al-Hukkām, 1/8, Dār Ihya’ al-Kutub]

وضو اور غسل کے بارے میں تفصیل یہ ہے کہ اگر یہ پلکیں آنکھ کے پپوٹوں کے ساتھ پیوست نہ ہوں
بلکہ انہیں الگ کیا جاسکتا ہو تو وضو اور غسل میں ان کے نیچے کھال تک پانی پہنچانا ضروری ہوگا اور اگر یہ بلکل
آنکھ کے پپوٹوں کے ساتھ پیوست ہو جائیں یا اس طرح چپکا دی گئی ہوں کہ ان کا اتارنا مشکل ہو تو اس
صورت میں نیچے کھال تک پانی پہنچانا ضروری نہیں۔
[Darul Ifta’ Darul-Uloom Karāchi, Fatwa Number: 71/2013 – For the full Fatwa, refer to the following: https://darulifta.info/d/darululoomkarachi/fatwa/p1Q/مصنوعی-پلکیں-لگوانا]

[5]
والأخذ بالاحتياط في باب العبادات واجب
[Fath Al-Qadir, 10/550 – Maktabah Rashīdiyyah]

[6]
كل ما يفعل في الجسم من زيادة أو نقص من أجل الزينة بما يجعل الزيادة أو النقصان مستمرا مع الجسم وبما يبدو منه أنه كان في أصل الخلقة هكذا فإنه تلبيس وتغيير منهي عنه وأما ما تزينت به المرأة لزوجها من تحمير الأيدي أو الشفاه أو العارضين بما لا يلتبس بأصل الخلقة فإنه ليس داخلا في النهي عند جمهور العلماء 
[Takmilah Fathul Mulhim, 5/116, Dar al-Qalam]

ووجه النهي في المتنمصات والواصلات تغرير الخلق مع تغيير خلق الله، فكانت نساء العرب تغالي مهورها على السن والجمال، كما تغالي على النسب والكمال، وفي الوصل وكذا التنمص تلبيس السن، وكذلك ففيهما إظهار ما ليس فيها من الجمال
[al-Kawkab al-Durri, 6/349, al-arwaqah]

والنمص: نتف الشعر من الوجه تزيينا وهو حرام
[Lam’āt al-Tanqīh, 7/411, Maktabah Rahmāniyyah]