Part Two- The Islamic Ruling on Tattoos
Tattoos are Prohibited and are Changing the Creation of Allaah
Shaykh AbdulAziz bin Abdullaah bin Baz -Rahimahullah- (d. 1420 A.H.)
Translated By Abbas Abu Yahya
Please could you benefit us about the issue of branding on skin. It is marking the face which is done using a blade to distinguish a certain tribe from another tribe. Is this allowed or prohibited?
Shaykh Abdul Azeez bin Abdullaah bin Baz -Rahimahullaah- (d. 1420 A.H.) answered:
In the Arabic language this is called a tattoo. The Prophet ﷺ prohibited getting tattooed and cursed the one who gets tattoos.
The Messenger ﷺ cursed the one who takes interest, the one who uses interest and he cursed the one who gets tattoos and cursed the one who requests tattoos, whether the tattoo was on the face, hand or any other place.
It is not allowed to get tattoos because it is changing the creation of Allaah. Therefore, it is not allowed for a believing man nor a believing woman to get tattooed.
As for someone who had got tattoos in the past along with being ignorant of the ruling of tattoos, then repentance is sufficient and all praise belongs to Allaah.
As for the future, after a person comes to know the ruling of Allaah then it is obligatory upon him to keep away from what Allaah has prohibited, and this is general for men and women.’