Pearl of Wisdom

'The restlessness of a man in his bed during the night whom I have given a promise for the fulfilment of his need the next day is not more than my restlessness in my bed being anxious till the morning to fulfil my promise. I am also fearful lest some obstacles prevent the keeping of my promise, as the breaching of a promise is not of the characteristics of the noble.'

Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
Ghurar al-Hikam, no. 9692

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Question : #715 Category: Women's Issues
Subject: Eyebrow Tattooing
Question: Salamul-Alaykum,
Inshallah you are all well and fine. I would like to genuinely thank you for taking your time to answer our questions. May Allah Almighty reward you with the best of this life and the hereafter.
My question is about cosmetic tattooing (also known as micropigmentation or semi-Permanent Makeup) which involves a permanent pigment being applied to the dermis of the skin of the eye-brow or other parts of the skin. This cosmetic treatment is normally done to simply help improve one's appearance and to define better ones eyebrows (because of little or poor 'natural' eyebrows)., If this is done for the intention of improving ones appearance in general (and not with the intention of attracting non-mahram men), is it still permissible in Islam?

If it's not permissible is it because water cannot reach the underlying skin during wudu or ghusul etc?

Thank you very much indeed for your help.

May Allah SWT bless you in every way,

Sister from Sydney
Answer: Salaam Alaykum,

According to all the major Marjas, tattooing is permissible irrespective of whether they are permanent or temporary, however, in women's case, if it's on your face and is then considered as a visible grooming, then this is not permissible.

Your question will be valid if one is certain that the appearance will not excite non-mahrams.


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