A man's height and Islam
Fatwa No: 82691

  • Fatwa Date:21-3-2001 - Thul-Hijjah 26, 1421
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Does a man's height have any significance in Islam?


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.


A man's height does not have any particular significance in Islam. Allah The Almighty Creates human beings as He wishes and gives everyone a specific shape. He Creates some people tall while others short; He makes some people handsome, while others not so and determines the sex of the person to be male or female, as He Wishes. The most respected and the one whom Allah loves and brings nearer to Him is the one who is pious and fears Allah as much as possible. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you.}[49:13].

However, one should not interfere in changing his own innate features unless he has a deformity, but one can increase or improve his ethical characteristics such as acquiring more patience, becoming more tolerant and strengthening belief in Allah, etc.

Therefore, one will be questioned about his deeds and morals, while he will not be questioned about his "natural born" features.

Allah Knows best.

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