Tattoos are a unique opportunity to express yourself, declare yourself and your beliefs, interests to the whole world. But it often happens that tattoos are not comparable to religion. So we know a lot about the foundations of Islam, in which there is a specific attitude to many aspects of modern life. For example, many young Muslims try to find answers in the holy teachings. And yet the question remains, no matter how full of urgency, whether tattoos are allowed or prohibited, or is it a sin?
What the Quran Says About Tattoos? Are Tattoos Haram?
First of all, the answers must be sought in the Koran, as the most important book for adherents of the Islamic religion. Well, there is no clear mention of tattoos in the Quran as we know it today. it is worth saying that there is also no mention of the ancient inscriptions on the body, which were characteristic of the inhabitants of Africa, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and part of Pakistan. But at the same time, Grand Ayatollah Sadiq Hussaini Shirazi said: “Tattoos are considered Makruh (disliked and discouraged)”. Therefore, according to the Quran, tattoos cannot be considered something sinful, because there is no mention of them.
If the Quran does not say anything about the sinfulness of tattoos, why do many adherents of Islam still consider it a haram? Is there a punishment for this?
Most Muslims base their opinions on the hadiths (oral traditions) of the Prophet Muhammad. Based on them, Muslims consider tattoos a sin, because you cannot complete wudu (ritual ablutions) if you have tattoos. And since you cannot complete such an important ritual and be pure, then you can never pray. Wudu is a very significant ritual for Muslims. Because Muslims pray only when their body and mind are in ritual purity. But don’t worry that the tattoo will make you unable to pray, there are other considerations as well. Since the tattoo is located under the skin and does not in any way prevent water from entering your body, having a permanent tattoo cannot reverse wudu.
Also, scholars of Islam make the following arguments. Tattooing is the disfigurement of one’s body, that is, a mockery of the creation of Allah, a certain deception. Besides, this process is painful and can lead to infection. And of course, not without the eternal confrontation of religions, a tattoo is considered an imitation (of kafirs) of unbelievers.
Why tattoos are forbidden, but piercings are not?
On the other hand, it should be said that these arguments are significantly outdated. After all, if you follow them, then any action on your body should also be prohibited. Then what about piercings? Is it also forbidden to dye your hair and trim your beard? And wear colored lenses? Did you get rhinoplasty or other medical procedures? Self-tanning or solarium is also prohibited? Of course, many Islamic scholars believe that women can wear jewelry, which means piercing is allowed. Several certain medical procedures are also permitted based on a doctor’s indications. Changing your hairstyle and putting on colored lenses is also possible if it’s not permanent. Does this mean tattoos are possible? Everyone must decide for himself what opinion to adhere to.
But it is important to remember one important point – tattoos should not stick to inappropriate images associated with demonic and sexual themes.
Will Allah forgive me if I get a tattoo?
Young Muslims often wonder if they can go to heaven with tattoos. Many Islamic scholars argue that Allah will not forgive the presence of tattoos on the body of Muslim women and men. Why? According to hadith in Sahih al-Bukhari narrated by Abu Juhayfah:
“The Prophet cursed the one who does tattoos and the one who has a tattoo done.”
But this is not entirely true, since Allah is merciful and forgives all sins as long as you sincerely believe. The Qudsi hadith says about the Mercy and Forgiveness of Allah:
“O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and ask Me, I will forgive you for what you have done, and I will not object.”
Based on this, we can conclude that we can go to heaven if our faith is strong and our minds are clean. After all, we should think about our deeds rather than the dangers of tattoos.
If it is possible to get a tattoo during Ramadan?
By the way, many young men and women wonder if it is possible to get a tattoo during Ramadan? As such, there are no prohibitions, but it is worth considering it from a physiological point of view. Since Ramadan involves prolonged fasting and the process of getting tattoos is painful, this can negatively affect your well-being.
Are temporary tattoos Haram?
The famous Muslim scholar Tafseer al-Qurtubi claims that if something is said about something fickle, like henna or kohl, which are often used by women as decoration, preparation for a wedding, then this is not a tattoo as such. Why? Because it is temporary and does not change the creation of Allah, so it is not haram. On the other hand, according to Sayed Ali Sistani, the representative of the Shia school of Thought: “Tattoos are permissible despite being temporary or permanent.”
If you are a Muslim and still hesitate to get yourself a tattoo, because many adherents of Islam, especially the older generation, consider tattoos a sin. The best solution is temporary tattoos, which are not prohibited but will help you express yourself.