Is nail polish appropriate for Muslim women?

For Muslim Women, it’s important to maintain certain standards of modesty in the way they dress, behave, and apply cosmetics. Halal, which means permissible in Arabic, is an Arabic term referring to the Islamic standards of eating and drinking. As with most things in the Islamic faith, there are different viewpoints about what is halal and what isn’t; however, as far as Muslim women and nail polish go, there are many reasons why it’s not appropriate to wear nail polish on your nails.

Halal and Manicures

Most halal (or Islamic), markets offer a diverse array of options. For instance, Muslims traditionally use henna as a hair and body paint; it’s perfectly fine to apply henna on your fingernails before going out in public. And while some argue that even manicures are haram (or forbidden), you can always choose to decorate your nails with washable markers or stickers instead.

Halal and Cosmetic Procedures

While most cosmetic procedures aren’t specifically prohibited by Islamic Law, there are a few that fall under the category of Halal, Haram, and Doubtful. A Halal or permissible procedure is one that is allowed according to Islamic Law. A Haram or forbidden procedure isn’t permitted because it could cause harm to either yourself or someone else. A doubtful practice might be permissible in some cases but forbidden in others.

Should Women Wear Henna on their Hands?

Since Islam does not explicitly prohibit a woman from wearing nail polish, it is ultimately a matter of whether your polish is water-soluble or not. Henna, however, is an interesting alternative that has been used by Muslim women in cultures around the world since pre-Islamic times. Not only can henna be used to decorate and beautify hands, but it also carries several religious benefits when applied properly and the hands can be cleaned for prayers even while wearing henna.

The Final Word on Halal Nail Polish

There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding whether or not to wear halal nail polish. If you’re planning on wearing it while praying, make sure it’s free of toxins that could enter your body through your skin and be only slightly water-soluble and thus impair your ability to pray properly. And be wary of imitations or knock-offs; they might seem like great deals but could actually be bad products.

Healing Properties

In recent times, due to more awareness and rising health consciousness, people have started preferring natural products over chemically processed ones; Henna is one of them. Henna, being a herb, is known to have different kinds of healing properties. According to recent findings, henna, aside from its dyeing properties, has great medicinal advantages. Some of which are as follows:

1. A remedy for headaches and migraines- the anti-inflammatory effects of the juice of henna help lower the nerve tension and promote healthy blood flow

2. Reduces fever- Brings the body temperature down through a cooling effect on the body

3. A balm for open wounds and fungal infections- helps in coagulation

4. Used as a medicinal crème for burns and eczema – protects against infections and reduces inflammation.

5. Sleep Regulator- Henna oil treatment helps with insomnia and sleep disorders by calming the body and mind, relaxing the nerve endings and inducing muscle relaxation

6. Used as an antiperspirant- closes the body’s pores and showcases antibacterial properties

7. Strengthens hair and prevents hair fall- revitalizes damaged hair

8. Maintains blood pressure- henna water or seeds have a hypotensive effect that alleviates the stress on the cardiovascular system, which leads to a decrease in blood pressure, preventing heart attacks and strokes as well.

references: https://www.islamicfinder.org/news/history-and-health-benefits-of-henna/?fbclid=IwAR0qoqs5gMYmhy8yOpdtlqip64s3DgNAj2kZP5PmyYHhQ8shWei7RzwC3WQ

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