Ruling on multiple ear piercings as well as piercing the nose

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Ruling on multiple ear piercings as well as piercing the nose▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad Ibn Hizaam- may Allaah be pleased with him – was asked the following question

? Question:

What is the ruling on having multiple ear piercings, as well as the ruling on having the nose pierced.

?Answer :

It’s permissible for a woman to have multiple ear piercings, however she is not encouraged to do this. She should suffice with a single piercing. Nonetheless, there is no evidence prohibiting her from beautifying herself with two or three piercings for example. Allaah -the Mighty and Majestic- said:

أَوَمَن يُنَشَّؤُا۟ فِى ٱلْحِلْيَةِ وَهُوَ فِى ٱلْخِصَامِ غَيْرُ مُبِينٍ

‘˹Do they attribute to Him˺ those who are brought up in fineries (wearing silk and gold ornaments, i.e. women) who cannot put together a clear argument?’

[Az-Zukhruf: 18]

So wearing gold jewelery and gems is something customary with women, and Allaah approved this for them in this verse. Likewise, the Prophet ﷺ also approved this and used to order them to pay Zakaat (on their gold).

As for piercing the nose, then we don’t advise with this, but at the same time, we don’t prohibit this if it’s the custom of the Muslim women of that region. But if a woman resides in a land where this practice is not the custom of the Muslim women of that region, and it’s only practised by the disbelieving women, then she should abstain from this out of fear of resembling the disbelieving women.

There’s a Fatwa issued by ‘the standing committee’ lead by Shaykh Ibn Baaz -may Allaah have mercy on him- which states that it’s permissible for women to pierce their nose as a form of beautification, and that this does not fall under harming oneself or changing Allaah’s creation.

Similarly, there’s a Fatwa issued by Shaykh Al-‘Uthaymeen -May Allaah have mercy on him- stating:

“As for nose piercings, then I’m not aware of any speech from the people of knowledge on this. I personally consider this to be mutilation and a disfiguring of Allaah’s creation, perhaps there are others who may disagree with me on this. But in any case, if a woman resides in a country where nose piercing is seen as something alluring and a form of beautification, then there is no harm in piercing the nose.


Translated by:

Abu ‘Abdirrahman ‘Abdullaah ibn Ahmad Ash-Shingaani

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