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The ruling on Tattoos in Islam

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Please can you send me something regarding the implications of a Muslim having tattoos on their body from an Islamic perspective?


It is forbidden for Muslims to draw tattoos or have tattoos drawn. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has cursed the one who draws tattoos and the one who has tattoos drawn on himself.

It is narrated on the authority of Ibn Mas’ood (Radiallahu Anhu) that he said, May Allah curse those who tattoo, have (their bodies) tattooed, those who request their eyebrows to be plucked and those who create gaps between their teeth. They are changing what Allah has created. Why should I not curse those whom Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has cursed whilst it has been recorded in the Qur’aan? (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith #: 5943).

عن ابن مسعودرضى الله عنهقال لعن الله الواشمات ، والمستوشمات ، والمتنمصات والمتفلجات للحسن ، المغيرات خلق الله ، ما لى لا ألعن من لعنه رسول اللهصلى الله عليه وسلموهو فى كتاب الله

And Allah knows best

Suhail Tarmahomed (Mufti)

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) Fatwa Department

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