Body Piercing and Tattoos
  • Question:

    What are the rulings on body piercing and tattooing in Islam? I have seen many Muslims get these done. Is it allowed?


    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    Body piercing is permissible for women provided:

    1. the piercing does not resemble that of the evil doers
    2. it does not negatively impact one’s health

    Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) stated, “The one who imitates a nation is amongst them” (Abu Dawud)

    Applying permanent tattoos in Islam is forbidden, as this entails altering the creation of Allah Almighty.

    Abdullah ibn Masud (r) stated, “May Allah curse the women who apply tattoos [upon others] and those who seek tattoos." (Muslim)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah institute
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