Are Nose Rings Allowed for Women?

According to the Hanafi school, the default ruling of body piercing is that it is unlawful since it is deemed a type of mutilation, which was explicitly prohibited by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). [Sahih Bukhari]

However, an exception to this ruling is with respect to women, who are allowed to pierce specifically their ears or noses, as that is considered a type of adornment recognized by the Sacred Law. Earrings and nose rings are therefore permissible for women.

For women to pierce other parts of the body, or for men to pierce any part of their bodies, is not recognized as adornment by the Sacred Law and hence remains unlawful mutilation. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Answered By: Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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