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Halal nail polish?

Written by Souad El Mghari

We have been hearing a lot about this wondrous nail polish that Muslim women can wear while praying, and that is said to be “Halal”. How true is it really?

Around for a while now, the “Halal” nail polish; created by numerous international cosmetic brands is apparently in high demand in many Muslim countries. Said to not “prevent water and air from reaching the nails during ablutions”, unlike the standard nail polishes, this one can supposedly be worn during prayer.

Even though many ladies and salons have been using it for some time now, there is still some skepticism about it from religious authorities. Dr. Ali Ahmed Mashael, Grand Mufti at the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai explained, “If this is claimed to be a breathable nail polish which does not make a coat on the nail, a woman must try to peal it away. If it does not peal, then yes it might be “Halal”. However, if the woman tries to peal it and finds a pealed part coming out, then it is not “Halal”, as it covers the nail and creates a shield on it. Thus, women cannot put it and pray”.

It is clear that there is still some ambiguity surrounding the alleged “Halal” nail polish. What do you think?

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