I would like to know if you are allowed to have tattoos in Islam
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I would like to know if you are allowed to have tattoos in Islam? Is it not the same as mehndi?
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Tattooes and Henna Mehndi
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Your Question: I would like to know if you are allowed to have tattoos in Islam?
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.816 Narrated by Humaid bin Abdur Rahman bin Auf
The Prophet (saws) said, "Allah has cursed the lady who artificially lengthens (her or someone else's) hair and the one who gets her hair lengthened, and the one who tattoos (herself or someone else) and the one who gets herself tattooed."
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 7.820 Narrated by Ibn Umar
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "Allah has cursed such a lady as lengthens (her or someone else's) hair artificially or gets it lengthened, and also a lady who tattoos (herself or someone else) or gets herself tattooed."
The Messenger of Allah (saws) specifically forbade the believers and invoked the curse of Allah on those who applied tattoos on themselves or on others.
Your Question: Is it not the same as mehndi?
There is a definite distinction between the process, color, and permanent markings of tattoos and the application of mehndi or henna which is a natural dye and whose markings are of a specific color and only temporary. There is absolutely no harm if one wishes to apply mehndi or henna, but the permanent markings and application of tattoos were absolutely and specifically forbidden by the Messenger of Allah (saws).
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