Is nose piercing Haram? Answers based on scholars’ opinions and references

Suhel Ahmad

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Many things are heard about a woman’s nose piercing. Many call it a change of Allah’s creation and say it is Haram. and Many argue that women are not subject to the ban on changing nose or ear piercings to wear ornaments.

But what is the right decision? Is it Haram to pierce the nose of women? No, it is not haram. Rather, it is permissible for women to pierce their noses and ears to wear ornaments on their noses and ears. Details are in this post.

What is nose piercing and why?

Nose piercing refers to making a hole in the cartilage of the nose to insert jewelry. People choose to get nose piercings for a variety of reasons which can vary across cultures, personal preferences, and individual finances. Here are some common reasons why people get nose piercings:

Cultural and Religious Significance: Nose piercing has deep cultural and religious roots in various societies. In some cultures, a nose piercing indicates a person’s maturity, marital status, or adherence to certain religious practices.

Aesthetic and Fashion Statement: Many people get nose piercings as a form of self-expression and to enhance their style. A pierced nose is a fashion. Many choose it for its visual appeal.

Symbolism: Nose piercings can hold personal or symbolic meaning for individuals. Some choose to have their nose pierced to symbolize a particular experience, belief, or life event.

Personality and self-expression: Nose piercings are a way for people to express their personality and individuality. It is a form of body art and can be a way to stand out or make a statement.

Traditions and Rituals: In some communities, nose piercing is part of traditional rituals. They do this to observe certain ceremonies, celebrations, or customs.

Is nose piercing Haram?

No, nose piercing is not haram. Nose piercing is optional for girls. But it is better to wear jewelry if piercing. Because, while purifying the impure body, the water must reach the nose and ear ornaments. And it has to be reached by waving ornaments. Without ornamentation, water cannot reach the hole at all. Necessarily, many keep it with a thin stick or stick.

However, for women who have gone through periods or who do not have a husband, i.e. they do not have major impurity, there is some difficulty in getting water to the nostrils.

However, even in the case of Wudu, water has to reach the nostrils. Many people think that it is better not to do nose piercing. However, the Shariah has not made it haram to wear these ornaments or piercings that have been going on for ages. Rules can be followed.

Evidence of nose piercing in hadith

Women’s nose-ear piercings have been found since the time of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH). There is no prohibition in this hadith.

Narrated by Abdur Rahman Ibn Abbas (RA). I heard a person asking Ibn Abbas (RA) if you were present with Hazrat Rasoolullah (SAW) on any Eid of Adha or Fitr.

He replied, yes. Of course, if I had not been so close to him, I would not have been able to attend him due to his young age. He also said, Hazrat Rasoolullah (PBUH) came out. Then he prayed, then delivered a sermon.

Ibn Abbas (RA) did not mention Azan and Iqamat. Then he came to the women and admonished them. He ordered them to give charity.

I saw them stretching out their hands towards their ears and necks and giving them (the ornaments worn on their ears and necks) to Bilal (R.A.). After that, Hazrat Rasoolullah (PBUH) went to the house of Bilal (RA). (Sahih Bukhari: 5249)

Narrated by Ibn Abbas (R.A.), Hazrat Rasoolullah (S.A.W.) performed two rak’at prayers on Eid-ul-Fitr. He did not offer any prayers before and after that.

Then he came to the women. Belal (RA) was with him. Then he ordered the women to donate. Then women started donating their earrings and necklaces. (Sahih Bukhari: 964)

Analysis of Evidence

In another part of a long hadith, … the eleventh woman said, My husband is Abu Jai. What do I say about him? She has given me so many jewels that my ears are heavy. Ayesha (R.A.) said, Hazrat Rasulullah (SAW) said to me, Abu Zaari is for his wife Umm Zaari as I am for you. (Sahih Bukhari: 5189)

These hadiths prove that nose piercing is not haram. Because if it was haram, then the Messenger of Allah, may God bless him and grant him peace, would have prohibited the women who wore nose piercings in his era from piercing their noses.

But on the contrary, he did not forbid them but accepted the ornaments received from them as charity. This proves that women can have nose piercings to wear ornaments.

Scholars’ opinion

Muslim scholars say that wearing earrings for women is proven by hadith. Through this, ear piercing is also confirmed. Wearing nose flowers and nose piercings is not haram for many scholars.

However, there is no prohibition in this matter. It is permissible for women to wear all kinds of ornaments, including glass, stones, and silver, as stoles.

There is a tradition among women in some areas – if a girl does not have her nose and ears pierced, her nose and ears will be pierced with a fiery iron on the Day of Judgment.

The statement is completely baseless. It is permissible for women to pierce their noses and ears for ornamentation. But this is not an essential command of the Shari’ah.

If a woman pierces her nose and ears, she will not commit any sin and will not be punished in the Hereafter.

But now some other parts are seen using ornaments, such as lips, eyes, navel, and tongue; Using ornaments in these places is an expression of vulgarity and ferocity; So these are not allowed.


Is nose piercing permissible for both men and women?

No, nose piercing is not permissible for both men and women. Nose piercing is not haram for women. But nose piercing is forbidden for men. Men and women have different views on piercings. Cultural or religious context influences these views.

What should I consider before nose piercing in Islam?

Before getting a nose piercing, it is best to seek guidance from a qualified Islamic scholar, especially if you have concerns about its permissibility. Also consider factors such as purpose, cultural context, and adherence to Islamic principles.

How should a woman with a nose piercing perform ablution and bath?

After nose piercing, care should be taken to ensure that water reaches the skin through the ornaments during obligatory baths and Wudu. Otherwise, his ablution and bath will not be performed. It will be forbidden for him.

If the nose piercing does not reduce the life of the husband, is it true?

No, it is not true that the husband’s life expectancy decreases if he does not have a nose piercing. This is a superstition. Even today many Muslim mothers and sisters believe in the same type of superstition and wear churi, Nakful.

However, reliable bookish studies of Fiqh prove that women can wear ear and nose-piercing jewelry. Because it was customary to wear ear jewelry even during the lifetime of the Prophet (PBUH), yet he did not forbid it.

Can women wear stoles?

Yes, women can wear stoles on their hands. There is no prohibition in Sharia in this regard. It is permissible for women to wear all kinds of ornaments, including glass, stones, and silver, as stoles.

There is a tradition among women in some areas – if a girl does not pierce her nose and ears, she will be punished on the Day of Resurrection. The statement is completely baseless. Nose piercing of women for ornamental purposes is not haram but halal. But this is not an essential command of the Shari’ah.

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