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Sunday 17 December 2023

Is Tattoo Haram in Islam?


Is tattooing haram in Islam? What if the tattoo is permanent or temporary? And what if one has a permanent tattoo on his/her body?


Praise be to Allaah.

Tattooing is a process of beautifying the skin by adding colored material under the surface. The skin is pierced with a sharp device, which is in the form of a needle that holds the inks or dye to lower level of the skin.

Tattooing any part of the body is haraam in all kinds, whether it hurts or not since it leads to altering the creation of Allaah, and because the Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) cursed anyone who carries out tattoos for people and the person for who tattoo is made.

It was narrated by Alqama: ‘Abdullah (bin Masud) said: "Allah curses those ladies who practice tattooing and those who get themselves tattooed, and those ladies who remove the hair from their faces and those who make artificial spaces between their teeth in order to look more beautiful whereby they change Allah's creation." (Sahih al-Bukhari Volume 6, Book 60, Number 408)

The Hadith above confirm that the one who does tattoo is cursed and that tattooing is a major sin. Some scholars have a different opinion as to the reason why tattooing is forbidden. Some categorized it has a form of dishonesty and while some said it is no haram so far it’s not permanent on the skin.

But the more acceptable and sound opinion is that, so far it changes the creation of Allah, it’s highly recommended to stay away from it.

Permanent and Temporary Tattoos

Temporary tattoos are those which are not permanent and can be erased at any point in time, which is in fact not haram just like hena. But the permanent tattoo which becomes part of the skin is highly prohibited in Islam.

As earlier discussed, scholar’s views vary on this particularly on the issue of tattooing but know that above narrated above has prohibited tattooing.  

Lastly, if you have a permanent tattoo on your body, do not see yourself as a cursed person, seek Allah’s forgiveness and He will surely forgive you.

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