Nail Polish & It’s Controversial Position In Islam

Nail Polish has always been a bit of a controversial topic in Islam.

As women, we love looking elegant and beautiful.

Aside from our natural beauty, we enhance our looks by taking care of ourselves and by applying various beauty, makeup and body products.

Our hands are no different. We want them looking beautiful and youthful, even though our hands tend to age the fastest, considering we do so much with them on a daily basis.

One way of achieving this is by taking care of them. Going for or doing in-home manicures is one of these ways, in which we enhance them.

Some of us opt for a manicure with buffing, in which the nails are buffed, bringing the natural oils in our nails to the surface, thereby creating a healthy, glossy surface.

However, many women opt for nail polish, for various reasons. These range from being fashionable to just personal preference.

Nail Polish Ingredients:

A range of chemicals combined to make resins, solvents, film formers, pearls, pigments, etc are used in combination to further make up Nail Polish.

Here’s a post by which explains the chemical composition of nail polish as well as the function of each of the ingredients.

What’s the effect of wearing nail polish?

Use over long periods of time could result in discoloured, weak, brittle nails and it takes a while for them to be able to recover from that, if possible. Another thing to consider is that the chemicals in nail polish could affect various functions in your body, as some chemicals could be absorbed through the nail and/or nail bed.

The Islamic point of view:

Being a Muslimah doesn’t make us any less of a woman wanting to look beautiful, however, we need to adhere to the rules and regulations as far as Tahaarat (Purity) goes.

From a young age we are taught that we need to be pure/clean, in order to perform our Salaah (prayers) & to read the Qur’aan Majeed. To do this, we need to perform our Wudhu (ablution) correctly.

As such, one of the obligatory conditions of making Wudhu (ablution) is to wash ones hands in such a way that no part of it must remain dry, and any unwashed parts would render the Wudhu/ablution incomplete.

The application of nail polish prevents the water from touching the nail as it forms a barrier or film on the nail. This is why many a learned Scholar would advise against the use of nail polish and would rather suggest using henna on your nails as it stains/colours the nail, but does not prevent water from touching the nail or the surrounding skin.

Halaal Nail Polish:

As with many things, Western society has noticed that the ‘Halaal Market’ globally is worth, possibly billions of dollars.

And so many companies look to developing ‘Halaal Market’ targeting items. A quick Google search of ‘Halaal + (item)’ will bring thousands, if not millions, of results.

‘Halaal Nail Polish’ made an appearance a couple of years ago, with a few well – known companies claiming that their formulas are ‘water permeable’.

Having tested two well – known brands personally, I can honestly say that they aren’t water permeable, even if you apply just a single coat.

The Halaal Nail Polish Controversy by Mufti Menk:

The Halaal Nail Polish Controversy by Mufti Menk

Do share your opinion on this topic below.

I look forward to all your thoughts, opinions and comments.