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Are dentures allowed in Islam?

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Nasihah (Advice): Cursing undeservingly  

Sayyiduna Ibn Abbaas Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that a man cursed the wind in the presence of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam who said,

“Do not curse the wind, for it is merely doing as ordered, and whoever curses something undeservingly, then the curse returns upon him.” (Bukhari)

Question and Answer:

Q. I read the following Hadeeth: “Allaah has cursed those women who practice tattooing, those who get tattooed, those who pluck the hair of eyebrows, those who have their eyebrows hair plucked and those who make up gaps between their teeth to become more beautiful, changing thereupon the creation of Allaah.” Can you please elaborate on “those who make artificial spaces in between their teeth”? What does this mean and is dentures allowed in Islam?

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A. Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud Radhiyallahu Anhu said, “Allah has cursed those women who practice tattooing or get it done for themselves, and those who remove hair from their faces, and those who create spaces between their teeth artificially to look beautiful, and such women who change the features created by Allah. Why then shall I not curse those whom Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam has cursed and who are cursed in Allah’s Book too?” (Bukhari)  

In the above narration, the creating of spaces between the teeth refer to altering normal teeth and creating space between them. This is an alteration to the creation of Allah, which is prohibited. As such, one is not allowed to alter the natural appearance of oneself.  

In terms of using dentures, they do not fall in this prohibited category as dentures are merely covering up a defect and not altering one’s natural teeth. When one extracts his teeth, a denture is made to fill the space of the extracted teeth due to appearance and medical reasons.  

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

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