Office Of Grand Ayatollah Sayyed M.S.Al-Hakeem


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Tattoos
Q [1]  What is the ruling on having permanent or temporary tattoos?
The mentioned act is allowed but it is not allowed to have it if it prevents water from reaching the skin during ablution - Wudhu - and ritual ablution - Ghusl.
It is also not allowed to put on pictures that propagate prohibited acts or enjoin evil.
Q [2]  I have read on the website of Ayatullah Hakeem that tattoos are permissible. Is it permissible to get a tattoo bearing the name of an Imam? Is it permissible to get a tattoo with the names of Infallibles/Prophets?
If it is permissible, for example, to get the name of an Imam tattooed on oneself, what happens when one goes to the toilet, engages in intercourse, or other act that would make one unclean (Najis)?

Tattoos are permissible. It is also permissible to touch the name of the Prophet or the Imams (peace be upon them) without performing ablution - Wudhu.
Q [3]  When I was younger, I got a tattoo on my wrist, and I am very distressed about it now. Is it right that my prayers will not be counted?
If it does not prevent water from reaching the skin, then it is not an obstacle for the validity of the wudhu and prayers.
Q [4]  Is it possible to do a tattoo of living creatures, considering that draw them is prohibited?
It is prohibited to draw such pictures and it is prohibited to hire somebody to do it for the individual, but if one has such tattoos it is not obligatory to remove it.
Q [5]  I am a girl and I would like to get a tattoo, and I have read on your website that it is permissible. So can I get a tattoo without the consent of my father?
The consent of the parent is not necessary in getting the tattoo, but if it is considered as beautification then it is prohibited to show it to non-mahram men; also, if it prevents water from reaching the skin then it is not permissible since it makes the wudhu or ghusl invalid.

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