Weight Loss - Is Surgery for this Permissible?
  • Question:

    Last year I had an operation to achieve weight loss, this involved in part of my stomach being removed. I had this procedure done because I was very overweight and was finding it difficult to lose weight naturally. Was having this operation permissible for me?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    In general circumstances, where there is no pressing necessity, such as disfigurement due to a fatal vehicle accident, it is generally prohibited to have cosmetic surgery due to the islamic prohibition of tampering with the natural God given body.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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