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Using Honey to Cleanse My Eyes: Permissible?

09 October, 2018
Q As-Salamu alaykum. I want to use honey to make whiter the white of my eyes and to lighten the hue of my eyes (brown to light brown). Is it changing the creation of Allah?


Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

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

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

In this fatwa:

1- There is nothing wrong with using permissible things such as natural herbs and foods like eggs, yoghurt, honey and so on, for cosmetic purposes, to cleanse the skin, remove dark spots, and the like.

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2- That is not regarded as changing the creation of Allah, because the kind of change that is blameworthy is that which is permanent.

With regard to your question, The Fatwa Center at Islam Q & A, states: 

Using honey for the purpose of cleansing the eyes, and to make the white area of the eyes whiter and the brown area of the eyes lighter, does not come under the heading of changing the creation of Allah, because it does not change the appearance or color of the eye.

The white will still be white, and the black will still be black, except that there is nothing wrong with using honey to cleanse the place, make the colors clearer, and remove dirt.

At-Tirmidhi narrated from Ibn Abbas that the Prophet (blessings and peace be upon him) said: “Apply antimony to your eyes, for it makes the vision clear and makes the hair grow.”

Commenting on this hadith, Al-Mubarakfuri said in Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi: “That is, it improves the vision and cleanses the eye.”

At-Tabarani narrated in Al-Mujam Al-Kabir from ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him) said: “You should use antimony, because it makes the hair grow, removes dirt, and makes the vision clear.”

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

Kohl is good for the eye. It improves and clears the vision. It also cleanses the eye of impurities, and may also be a kind of adornment.” (Zad al-Ma`ad, 4/259)

Making the vision clear, cleansing the eye and removing dirt do not come under the heading of changing the creation of Allah.

Allah Almighty knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.