First of all, we are thankful to Allah Almighty who guided us. We pray to Allah Almighty to keep us and you steadfast in our obedience and all other religious matters. We are grateful to you for your efforts to get an education on this concern able topic. We advise you to keep striving to acquire knowledge. We pray Allah to bless you with the best knowledge.
Many women and men are used to wear lenses. Some men and women wear lenses for their weak eyesight, and some of them wear these lenses only for fashion or to look more beautiful. These lenses come into different designs and colors. So those who wear lenses have confusion about different questions. Like if as a Muslim it is permissible to wear lenses? Can a Muslim wear some specific patterned and colored lenses?
Moreover, the major concern about lenses is, these people are not sure if it is permissible to perform ablution with lenses in eyes? And is it necessary to splash the water inside the eyes?
Before going into details, make it clear in your mind that it is not necessary to splash water in the inner part of the eyes during ablution or ghusl.
Imam al-Shaafa’i (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
“It is necessary to wash the outer face in ablution, it is not necessary to wash the inner part [of the face], and I do not know anyone who opposes it; a person doesn’t need to splash the water inside the eyes.
Ibn Qudaamah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
The correct thing is that washing the inner part of the eyes, whether it is ablution or ghusl, is not masnun, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not do it, nor did he command it to be done. Probably, and what is narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) about this is evidence of the abomination of washing the inner part of the eyes, because it blinded their eyes, and doing something that would make them blind. If there is a fear of, or there is a danger of weak eyesight, and the Shari’ah has not even commanded it, then if that act is not haraam, at least it is makrooh. (Al-Mughni (1/77))
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked:
“If a person is wearing lenses, will his purification be complete in that case? Whether the purification is in the form of ablution or the form of ghusl.
So he replied:
First of all, you should ask about the reason of wearing lenses, so if the lenses are for visual impairment, there is nothing wrong with that. Because it is one of the blessings and favors of Allah Almighty, which has made difficult tasks easier for the servants, and lenses are more convenient than spectacles, [it is permissible to wear them] on the condition if lenses do not cause any kind of harm to eyes health.
We would not advise men, especially the youth, to wear lenses that are worn for beauty, except that if they are used to cover or to hide any flaws of the eyes, then there is nothing wrong with wearing lenses. Because then these lenses will be for removing flaws, not for beauty.
Only women feel the need for beauty, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): (And what is brought up in ornaments and she cannot make it clear in a dispute) Al-Zukhruf / 18, here it refers to a woman who can wear the lenses for beauty on condition that her eyes do not resemble the eyes of animals, for example, the eyes of cats and rabbits, etc .; Because the example of animals has come in the Holy Qur’an or the hadiths only to express condemnation, as in the Qur’an: (Its example is like a dog, whether you put weight on it or not [in any case] its tongue Is [still] outside) Al-A’raf / 176.
Similarly, he said: (The likeness of those who were given the responsibility of following the Torah and then did not fulfill it, their example is like a donkey carrying a load of books on its back). Regarding the recipient of a gift, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “[That person] is like a dog that licks after vomiting), so do not wear lenses that look like the eyes of animals.
As for the purity, the lenses do not affect the purity in any way, neither in the ghusl of janabah nor in the ablution, because it is not necessary to wash the inner part of the eye, nor should the inner part be washed. Because it is a process that can be harmful to the body.
Therefore, according to the above statement, you don’t need to take off the lenses during ablution or ghusl.
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