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Part One – The Islamic Ruling on Tattoos

The Islamic Ruling on Tattoos

Translated
By
Abbas Abu Yahya

Part One
The Evidences



No. 1
Allaah Ta’ala said:
﴿ حَتَّى إِذَا مَا جَاءُوهَا شَهِدَ عَلَيْهِمْ سَمْعُهُمْ وَأَبْصَارُهُمْ وَجُلُودُهُمْ بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ ﴾

《Till, when they reach it (Hell-fire), their hearing (ears) and their eyes, and their skins will testify against them as to what they used to do. 》[Fusilat: 20]

The Ahadeeth
No. 2

From Abu Hurairah who said: the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam said:
«الْعَيْنُ حَقٌّ» وَنَهَى عَن الوشم.
‘The evil eye is true’ and he [The Prophet] prohibited tattoos.’

[Collected by Bukhari]

No. 3
From Abu Hurairah who said:
«نهى عن الوشم» .
‘The Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam prohibited tattoos.’

[Collected by Ahmad & graded Saheeh by Al-Albaani in Ghaytul Murram p. 97]

No. 4
From Ibn Umar RadhiAllaahu anhumma that the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam :
Cursed the woman who would wear hair extensions, the one who would request hair extensions, the one who would get tattoos and the one who would request tattoos.’

[Bukhari and Muslim]

No. 5

From Abu Hurairah RadhiAllaahu anhu who said that a female tattooist was brought to Umar and he asked:
‘I ask you for the sake of Allaah, did anyone of you hear anything about this from the Messenger of Allaah sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam?

Abu Hurairah said I stood up and said O leader of the believers, I heard him saying,

‘Do not get tattoos nor request tattoos.’

[Collected by Nisa’ee and authenticated by Al-Albaani]

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