Applying henna mehndi.

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It is a trend today that some Muslim Lady tattooing their Fingers and hands with special "hinna" ink with different patterns and shapes.

What is the Islamic ruling for that pratice

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Applying henna mehndi

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

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.

 

‘Henna’ or ‘Mehndi’ is not considered a tattoo, but rather it is a temporary dye….and the application and usage of the ‘henna’ or ‘mehndi’ dye was not only permissible for the believers, but encouraged by the Messenger of Allah (saws).

 

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4154  Narrated by Aisha, Ummul Mu'minin

A woman made a sign from behind a curtain to indicate that she had a letter for Allah’s Messenger (saws). The Prophet (saws) closed his hand, saying: ‘I do not know this is a man's or a woman's hand.’ She said: ‘No, a woman.’ He (saws) said: If you were a woman, you would make a difference to your nails, (ie. the application of henna)’

 

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4193  Narrated by Abu Dharr

The Prophet (saws) said: ‘The best things with which grey hair are changed are ‘henna’ and ‘katam’.’

 

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 4194  Narrated by Abu Rimthah

I went with my father to the Prophet (saws). He (saws) had locks hanging down as far as the lobes of the ears stained with henna, and he was wearing two green garments.

 

Thus if a believing woman wishes to enhance her beauty and apply the ‘henna’ dye on her fingers, hands, or her feet, etc….there is absolutely no harm and no restriction regarding its application in Shariah.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

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