Will my janazha be accepted if I had a tattoo

Fatwa ID: 02070

Answered by Ustadha Maimoonah

Question:

Will my janazha be accepted if I had a tattoo?

Answer:

Bismillah

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Tattooing is prohibited in Islam, Rasulullah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) has mentioned in a hadeeth that both the one who does tattooing and gets it done are cursed. [1]

However, the janaza of a person with a tattoo will be accepted and furthermore, one should repent from such a sin and not give up hope in the mercy of Allah Ta’ala.

Consider the following verse where Allah Ta’ala says:

 “Say, Oh my bondsmen (servants) who have wronged their souls, never lose hope of Allah’s mercy. Verily, Allah forgives all sins. Undoubtedly, He is the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful” [2]

From the above verse, one can deduce that well before death arrives, the repentance made from sins, no matter how serious, even from kufr (disbelief) and shirk (ascribing partners to Allah Ta’ala, gets to be accepted. By virtue of a genuine taubah (repentance), all sins will be forgiven; therefore, none should lose hope in the mercy of Allah Ta’ala. (Ma’ariful Qur’aan v7/p574)

Only Allah knows best

Written by Ustadha Maimoonah

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

[1]

حَدَّثَنِي مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ مُقَاتِلٍ، أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ، أَخْبَرَنَا عُبَيْدُ اللَّهِ، عَنْ نَافِعٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏"‏ لَعَنَ اللَّهُ الْوَاصِلَةَ وَالْمُسْتَوْصِلَةَ، وَالْوَاشِمَةَ وَالْمُسْتَوْشِمَةَ ‏"‏‏.‏ قَالَ نَافِعٌ الْوَشْمُ فِي اللِّثَةِ‏.

(Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Qadeemi kutub khana, v1/p879)

[2]

 قُلۡ يَـٰعِبَادِىَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَسۡرَفُواْ عَلَىٰٓ أَنفُسِهِمۡ لَا تَقۡنَطُواْ مِن رَّحۡمَةِ ٱللَّهِ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَغۡفِرُ ٱلذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا‌ۚ إِنَّهُ ۥ هُوَ ٱلۡغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ 

(Surah Zumar, verse 53)

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