Forbidden to Harm Oneself without a Preponderant Benefit
Fatwa No: 385504

Question

Is self harm halal in any way under any circumstance?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The self is a deposit with the person, so he must treat it in a good way and not harm himself without a preponderant benefit.

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "There should be no harm nor reciprocal harm." [Ibn Maajah]

However, if there is a preponderant benefit, then this becomes permissible, such as circumcision, for example.

Circumcision involves some harm, but it is permissible due to its benefit. Or like a female piercing her ear in order to adorn herself with earrings. Since this includes a preponderant benefit, which is adorning herself, then it became permissible. But in principle, it is forbidden to harm oneself.

Allah knows best.

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