Are Helix Piercings Haram?

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Fatwa ID: 05449


Answered by: Maulana Sibghat Ullah




Are helix piercings haram?



In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful




A helix piercing is any piercing made to the upper cartilage of the ear.


It is narrated from `Abdur-Rahman bin `Abis: I heard Ibn `Abbas answering a man who asked him, “Did you attend the prayer of `Id al Adha or `Idal- Fitr with Allah’s Messenger ?” Ibn `Abbas replied, “Yes, and had it not been for my close relationship with him, I could not have offered it.” (That was because of his young age). Ibn `Abbas further said, Allah’s Messenger went out and offered the Id prayer and then delivered the sermon.” Ibn `Abbas did not mention anything about the Adhan (the call for prayer) or the Iqama. He added, “Then the Prophet went to the women and instructed them and gave them religious advice and ordered them to give alms and I saw them reaching out (their hands to) their ears and necks (to take off the earrings and necklaces, etc.) and throwing (it) towards Bilal. Then the Prophet returned with Bilal to his house. “[i]


We can see that women in the Prophet’s time were wearing earrings and the messenger of Allah did not stop them.


One should keep in mind that a woman can not display her beauty except to her mahram.


Allah says in Quran

And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.

Sura Nur, Verse 31 


So, coming back to your question Felix piercing is permissible.




Only Allah knows best.

Written by Maulana Sibghat Ullah

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham



[i] Sahih Bukhari, Wedlock, Marriage (Nikaah), Chapter: ‘And those among you who have not come to the age of puberty.”




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