Two piercings or more in each ear

Reference: I’laam al-Mu’aasireen bi-Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Page 390-391

Question: Is it permissible for a woman to have two piercings to accommodate two earrings [in each ear]?

Response: I fear this is being extravagent – that a woman wears more earrings on her ears than what is the general norm, as Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall) says:

{…and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He likes not those who waste by extravagance}, soorah al-A’raaf, aayah 31

So if the general norm is for a woman to have two piercings in each ear – then there is no harm [in doing so].

However, if this is not the general norm, then it is [considered to be] detestable extravagance; So [let’s say] this year they will have two piercings [in each ear], and the next [year] have three and four [piercings in each year], until they [end up] piercing all of their ear – [something] which [in reality] is not far fetched with [the trend of] women copying each other.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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