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MSNBC: Where’s the pork? Not in this makeup

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Like most women, Samina Akhter loved being in style and keeping up with the latest makeup trends. She didn’t give much thought to what was actually in the products she put on her skin — until two years ago.

A mother of five who took a break from her career in sales and marketing to raise her kids, Akhter, 41, started researching ingredients in cosmetics. She was disturbed by what she discovered.

“I was becoming more of a practicing Muslim, and I was concerned that the same things that are not permissible for me to eat might be in the makeup I’m using,” Akhter said. “I looked closely and found a lot of it comes from animal sources or has alcohol in it — I never had any clue what was really in my makeup.”

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Muslim American born in Brooklyn, NY with Guyanese parents currently living in Virginia working full-time as a web developer.

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3 Comments

  1. abdulrakhman adh-dhahabi

    August 21, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    subhanullah you know that makeup is haram all the ulama said that you muts not wear makeup it removes hijab take off your hijab theres no point in wearing it if you ewar makeup unders hariatullah

    • sebkha

      August 22, 2010 at 1:21 AM

      Newsflash! Plenty of women wear it at home and nowhere else! Not a difficult concept to grasp! In many contexts, makeup is perfectly halal.

    • Chasing Purity

      December 21, 2010 at 7:20 PM

      wow, a Muslim woman does something beneficial & useful, Alhamdulillah, and the first thing you can say is Haram?

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