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Question: I want to get a tattoo on my arms with inscription of a Quaranic verse. I need to do that in order to constantly remind me to do what my religion asks me to do.

Tattooing, in any shape or form for whatever reasons, is clearly forbidden in Islam by the explicit order of the Prophet, peace be upon him.

The fact you are doing so with a Quranic inscription does not make it lawful; for Islam teaches us that end does not justify the means. In other words, since tattooing is clearly forbidden, it shall be still deemed as unlawful even if it was done with a good intention.

Moreover, we are not allowed to inscribe Quranic verses on our body; for by doing so we may end up desecrating or defiling the Qur’an. We are forbidden from reading the Qur’an, engaging in dhikr or carrying the Qur’an to the toilet for it amounts to desecrating the Holy Name of Allah; then how could we be allowed to get the verses tattooed on our bodies which accompany us to the toilets as we are forced to relieve ourselves?

In conclusion: Tattooing Quranic inscriptions on our bodies is considered haraam; no Muslim should even consider resorting to this practice for two reasons: Firstly, tattooing is considered disfiguring the creation of Allah and therefore has been cursed by Allah and His Messsenger, upon whom be Allah’s blessings and peace; secondly, by tattooing Quranic verses on our bodies we end up inadvertently desecrating the Holy Word of Allah, the Most Exalted and Glorious, which we ought to treat with all due reverence. Allah says, “Whoever reveres the sanctities of Allah, he/she does so only because of the piety embedded in their hearts.” (Qur’an: 22: 33).

For a detailed answer concerning Islam’s position on tattooing in general, and why it had been forbidden in Islam, see the answer to the question #729 on this site. You can access it by typing tattooing as the key word.

May Allah guide us all to the straight way-aameen.

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