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'In Islam, drawing attention [to oneself] and changing the properties and form given by birth is considered to be altering creation, and is therefore banned,' the Directorate General for Religious Affairs has said regarding tattoos. AFP photo

'In Islam, drawing attention [to oneself] and changing the properties and form given by birth is considered to be altering creation, and is therefore banned,' the Directorate General for Religious Affairs has said regarding tattoos. AFP photo

The Directorate General for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has issued a fatwa stating that tattoos are not in accordance with Islam.

"The same way that they are harmful for health, they are prohibited by religion," the body's High Committee of Religious Affairs said on Nov. 2, in response to a question over whether tattoos were permissible.

"In Islam, drawing attention [to oneself] and changing the properties and form given by birth is considered to be altering creation, and is therefore banned," the Diyanet said, adding that the practice dated back to the pre-Islamic "age of ignorance." 

The statement also mentioned that the Prophet Muhammad said that those who changed how they were created were distancing themselves from God's mercy and grace.

"Therefore, getting tattoos is not permissible," it concluded.

Long hair in men acceptable, earrings not so much

The Diyanet also clarified that Islam disapproved of earrings and other such piece of jewelry in men. 

"Muslim man should keep away from using jewelry that is proper for women, because our Prophet ordered: Men who try to resemble women and women who try to resemble men stand apart from God's mercy and grace," the statement said, adding that this would be considered "mekruh," in other words "almost illicit."

However, the statement said that long hair on men and styling hair in any kind of way is not considered illicit, so long as the hair is kept clean.

November/03/2013

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David Hutchison

11/4/2013 10:14:56 PM

Per the DIrector of Religion the following quote "The statement also mentioned that the Prophet Muhammad said that those who changed how they were created were distancing themselves from God's mercy and grace." I could not agree more, why are men then circumcised and why does everyone shave. Both are alterations to Allah's plan!!!

Harry Foundalis

11/4/2013 10:05:04 PM

Aw!! I just had a stunning revelation! I must have come to this world circumcised, like all babies! Then my parents, being the infidels that they were, made me go through the foreskin-adding operation that all babies have, thus “changing the properties and form given by birth” and “altering creation”. But, unlike Muslim children who are lucky enough to look natural again by being circumcised, I was denied this opportunity and remained abnormal. Now it all makes sense!

Halil Ibrahim

11/4/2013 9:15:16 PM

700 hundred years of glorious Ottoman history and scholarship ends with a Fatwa on tattoo's.

Rorschach ~

11/4/2013 7:59:18 PM

So, let's see..... Corrective eye surgery. Dyeing one's hair. Organ transplants (to include face transplants that Turkey is now famous for). Plastic surgery (face-lifts). Cosmetics (lipstick, eye shadow, nail polish, etc). High-heel shoes. Any kind of jewelry. Prosthetic limbs. Glasses (and contact lenses). All medicines, to include vaccines and immunizations. Ugly blue plaid (checkered) suits.........

Çılgın Kanarya

11/4/2013 7:21:03 PM

Misses Atatürk, please beware ... Laughing is also un-Islamic!

Mark Mark

11/4/2013 6:55:20 PM

Is circumcision not altering or changing the properties and form given by birth?

Misses Ataturk

11/4/2013 5:51:54 PM

Oh my! The comments here are just fab! Well done guys. You gave me a good laugh today :) xx

american american

11/4/2013 4:54:21 PM

big beards and dior headscarves sure draw attention...especially tayyips plaid suit and emine's golden dome

Thessalonian

11/4/2013 3:56:53 PM

Would that be a similar "fatwa" against the "pagan holiday of Christmas?" I really do love reading HDN! I do, I do! Regards

Tekion Particle

11/4/2013 3:49:58 PM

What about breast implants and penis enlargement where the creation let people down badly, are they alright to do?
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