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Assalamualaikum, Are women allowed to use henna tattoos on their hands?

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assalamualaikum,
Are women allowed to use henna tattoos on their hands?

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In the name of Allah the Most Beneficial

The temporary henna (Menhdi) tattoos are waterproof and are made from artificial dyes and chemicals. Majority of the Henna tattoos are just mere stickers which prevent the passing of water onto that area of skin to which it has bee applied to. They will hold the same ruling as that of other waterproof make-ups and cosmetics, which are permissible when done with the correct intention at heart, which is to please the husband and to follow the Sunnah. It can be concluded that it should not be applied before one has performed Wudhu / Ghusl as it will render the Wudhu /Ghusl incomplete. To remove henna tattoos one will have to apply ?rubbing alcohol? (Isopropyl Alcohol, which is too poisons to drink) or cold creams,

It should be remembered that to use natural henna is Sunnah. In my own humble opinion it is far better to use natural henna as opposed to henna tattoos, because one is aware that the chemicals used in the production of the tattoo patterns is predominantly a chemical dye, called Phenylenediamine, referred to as PPD. This is a toxin which is very dangerous and harmful on skin cells and can cause a chemical burn. A Muslim male and female should refrain from using such products which are detrimental to the health.

One should also keep in mind that only those patterns are allowed which are not of or do not resemble any animals, people etc. Intricate, intrinsic, exotic or geometric looking patterns are best.

You will need to check which brands and makes of ?henna tattoos? are waterproof and which are not; from my research I was unable to find a brand of henna tattoo which didn?t need alcohol or cold cream to remove and which brands are safe to use before using them. But natural is always better and is Sunnah.

Glitter mendhi tattoos are not permissible because they are not near to the Sunnah are cosmetic, and will have the same ruling as that of make-up and other cosmetics.

(Please refer to the previous answers regarding this topic also)

And Allah knows best
7 th 10 2005

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Mufti Abubakr Karolia
Batley, U.K
Founder of the “Islamic Foundation for Theology and Research” (I.F.T.A.R)

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