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Question #13-34: Women can get their ears pierced, but can men?

Question:

Women can get their ears pierced, but can men? If they cannot then why is that?

Answer:

In the name of Allah, the Most Kind.

Assalamu alaykum brother,

Body piercing for males is not at all permissible in Islam. Only ear piercing has been permitted for females, according to some scholars. Since they have the specific need of wearing jewelry for their husbands. Such an exception, however, does not apply to males.” “There is no altering Allah’s creation.” (Ar-Rum: 30); “And do not cast yourselves into destruction by your own hands.” (Al-Baqarah: 195). 

It is permissible for women only to pierce their ears as a form of beautifying themselves for their husbands. The proof of this permission is based on the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, when he prayed on the day of `Eid and came with Bilal, his Companion, he ordered the women to pay Zakah, and some of them took their earrings off and threw it (donated it) to the Prophet. (Reported in Bukhari)

As to the piercing of the nose, it isn't allowed for both sexes because it is a type of deformation to Allah’s creation.

Allah knows best.

Sheick Mostafa

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