Mehendi ceremonies in Islam.

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Before marriage brides apply mehndi on their hands. What is the concept ruling of this in the shariah, Also is there any basis in Islam for holding mehndi gatherings for ladies before their wedding?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

It is generally permissible for a woman to apply mehndi on her hands.[1] However, there is no basis in Islam for holding mehndi ceremonies, it should be avoided. [2]

[1] Sunan Abi Dawud, Vol.4 Pg.77 Hadith #4166, al-Maktabah al-Asriyyah

[2] Sunan Abi Dawud, Vol.4 Pg.44 Hadith #4031, al-Maktabah al-Asriyyah

١فَقَبَضَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَدَهُ، فَقَالَ: «مَا أَدْرِي أَيَدُ رَجُلٍ، أَمْ يَدُ امْرَأَةٍ؟» قَالَتْ: بَلِ امْرَأَةٌ، قَالَ: «لَوْ كُنْتِ امْرَأَةً لَغَيَّرْتِ أَظْفَارَكِ» يَعْنِي بِالْحِنَّاءِ

٢قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «مَنْ تَشَبَّهَ بِقَوْمٍ فَهُوَ مِنْهُمْ

Only Allah Ta’ala knows best

Answered by Alimah Siddiqa al-Farsiyyah

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