KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ Islamic clerics have banned Malaysian Muslims from undergoing Botox treatment for cosmetic purposes because the compound contains prohibited and harmful substances, according to a published report.
Council Chairman Shukor Husin said the ruling is not legally binding, but that Muslims who defy it would be committing a sin.
Shukor said Botox contains extracts from pigs, an animal considered unclean in Islam, and that the council ruled on the issue after studying reports by local and international specialists as well as religious edicts in the Mideast.
Botox is the brand name for a substance derived from the toxin botulin which, when injected into the face, temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles to eliminate wrinkles. It can also be used treat migraines, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.
The fatwa council rulings in Malaysia help shape Islamic Sharia laws here, but not all their edicts are passed into legislation. Some 60 percent of the 26 million people in this Southeast Asian nation are Muslim.
Malaysian Muslims are required to obey council edicts, even if they have not been incorporated into national or Sharia law.