She looked beautiful when I first saw her, but after marrying her and seeing her without makeup – she looks a completely different person


بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️She looked beautiful when I first saw her, but after marrying her and seeing her without makeup – she looks a completely different person▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

📩 Question:

The questioner says: Someone married a woman and when he entered upon her and saw her that evening she looked beautiful, but when morning came, he couldn’t recognise her except from her voice, due to the wig and the amount of make-up she had on (the previous night). Is this a form of deception (on her part) and is he allowed to divorce her?

📝 Answer:

If at the time of their first meeting when he first saw her they disguised her in this same way; by giving her a wig and filling her with make-up, etc, then yes this is a form of deception, and Allah’s aid is sought. So they should come to some sort of reconciliation if he’s not interested in staying or being with her; because they tricked him. Perhaps they could give him half and keep half (of the expenses) or give back two-thirds and keep a third, etc.

The Prophet ﷺ said:
((من غشنا فليس منا))
“Whoever deceives us is not from us.”

And this is a great form of deception.

But if he didn’t see her before marrying her; in that he relied on the description given to him by some of his womenfolk, or he went ahead with the marriage without any of this, then he is left with only two options; remaining with her if he wishes or divorcing her, but if they come to a reconciliation this is good; and reconciliation is better.


Translated by:
Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba Alawi

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Original Fatwa:
https://t.me/ibnhezam/6175