Applying turmeric powder on the couple

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I have to some Muslim weddings and I have see the groom and the bride is being rubbed with tumeric paste. Is this allowed in Islam? Since this is a practice done the the Hindu religion.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Grac ious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Turmeric, known as Haldi in India is the sacred spice recognized for its health, beauty, and spiritual properties. Turmeric holds a special place in Indian Hindu weddings and that is quite apparent from the fact that one entire ceremony before the wedding day is named after this golden spice and is called Haldi Ceremony. [1]

As Muslims, we are sensitive to our Aqaaid (beliefs) and Tauheed (Oneness of Allah) and abstain from whatever would contaminate our Imaan.

Consider the following hadeeth:

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ مَنْ تَشَبَّهَ بِقَوْمٍ فَهُوَ مِنْهُمْ “

The Prophet () said: Whoever imitates a nation will be amongst them.

(Sunan-Abu Dawood, Kitaab-Al-Libaas)

It is not permissible to emulate the Hindu and apply turmeric powder on to the wedding couple. [2]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad I.V Patel

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] Turmeric

[2]   فتاوی دینیہ جلد٣  صفحہ ٣٢٧

شادی بیاہ میں ہلدی لگانا، لال جوتے پہننا، ہاتھ میں ناریل اور گلے میں پھولوں کا ہار پہننا یہ سب غیر اسلامی اور غیروں کے دیکھا دیکھی اپنائے گئے رواج ہیں ان چیزوں سے بچنا ضروری ہے۔


فتاویٰ قاسمیہ جلد ٣ صفحہ ٢٢٢

شادی کے موقع پر لڑکے اور لڑکی کے بدن کی صفائی جائز اور مباح ہے، لیکن رسم کے طور پر ہلدی او ررنگ لگانا اور گھڑے میں پانی وغیرہ بھر کر رکھنا یا لوگوں کے آنے کے راستہ پر رکھنا یہ سب ہندوانی رسم ہیں جو شریعت میں جائز نہیں ہے ، اس کا ترک لازم ہے۔

This answer was collected from, which is operated under the supervision of Mufti Ebrahim Desai from South Africa.

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