Ruling on opening a beauty parlour in the shop belonging to a Masjid
Question: What do the blessed ‘Ulama state regarding the following matter: One of the shops belonging to the Masjid has been rented out for opening a beauty parlour. Some signboards containing pictures of women have also been prominently displayed on the shop for advertisement of the beauty parlour. What is the Shar’i ruling on this occupation, Shar’i ruling on renting out the shop belonging to a Masjid for this purpose, and Shar’i ruling on displaying pictures?
بِسْمِ اللّٰہِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِیْمِ
اَلْجَوَابُ بِعَوْنِ الْمَلِکِ الْوَھَّابِ اَللّٰھُمَّ ھِدَایَۃَ الْحَقِّ وَالصَّوَابِ
Doing make-up or charging money for it is a permissible act provided that one refrains from Shari’ah-prohibited deeds. Both, permissible and impermissible services are provided in a beauty parlour. Following are some of the impermissible services generally provided in a beauty parlour:
1 Plucking eyebrows: This act has been cursed in the blessed Hadees.
2 Cutting hair in a masculine style: The women who imitate men have been cursed in the blessed Hadees.
3 Removing the hairs of thighs: For a woman, the portion from the navel up to and including the knees of another woman is included in Pardah. It is not permissible to see or touch this portion [of another woman] without a Shar’i need.
4 Applying black hair colour: It is impermissible and Haraam for both, men and women, to dye their hair black.
5 Playing music and songs.
There may be other Shari’ah-prohibited matters as well. Remember! It is not permissible to charge money for these impermissible services either.
However, following are some permissible services also provided in a beauty parlour: Removing unwanted facial hair, beautifying the face by applying make-up with different creams, face powders, eye shades, etc., dark skin treatment, applying henna on hands and feet, styling the hair, etc. Moreover, it is permissible to use pure substances for make-up and apply make-up in a permissible manner.
According to the Shar’i rules of contract, it is permissible to rent-out a shop for beauty parlour provided that one does not make the intention of providing help in impermissible acts carried out in the beauty parlour; instead, he should only have the intention of making a contract. However, a person should avoid renting out his shop to such people who will carry out both, permissible and impermissible deeds in the shop and specially, the shops belonging to a Masjid should not be rented out for such purposes.
Displaying the pictures of living beings on the shop is not permissible. Moreover, displaying pictures of women which become more attractive because of make-up, invite others to commit unlawful gazing. Therefore, displaying pictures of women is a disgusting act of immodesty and not permissible at all. Moreover, the angels of mercy do not come at a place where the pictures of living beings are displayed. Therefore, it is not permissible at all to display pictures, and in view of the sacredness of the Masjid, one must avoid displaying such pictures in the shops belonging to it.
وَاللہُ اَعْلَمُ عَزَّوَجَلَّ وَ رَسُوْلُہ اَعْلَم صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ واٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم
Written by: Abul Hasan Jameel Ahmad Ghauri Al-Attari
Approved by: Muhammad Fuzayl Raza Al-Attari