What is the Islamic ruling on body piercing?


A lady from Germany asked Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa about the issue of boys and girls getting pierced on different parts of their bodies. Huzoor-e-Anwaraa, in his letter dated 23 August 2021, gave the following reply to her question:

“Besides rulings about what is lawful or unlawful, Islam also teaches that some things are good [tayyib] or non-tayyib and some things are vain [laghw].

“The custom of girls having their ears and noses pierced in order to wear jewellery has been around since the beginning and there is nothing wrong or unlawful about it. However, it is undesirable and absurd for boys to have even their ears or noses pierced. 

“Everything has its limits. When one exceeds those limits, even a lawful practice can sometimes fall into the category of unlawful or laghw, which has been forbidden to the believers. (Surah al-Mu’minun, Ch.23: V.4)

“In any case, having the mamillae and other parts of the body pierced, which Islam has commanded to be veiled, is indecent and against the sharia. Other than that, piercing on the tongue and in and around the lips can lead to many types of diseases and infections. Therefore, in my view, even for women, it is only permissible to have their noses and ears pierced in order to wear jewellery, while also staying within the limits of purdah. Exceeding that would be considered laghw and unlawful even for them.”

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