Fatwa ID: 05117
Answered by: Maulana Sibghat Ullah
Is face painting haram?
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
You cannot do face painting as the face is the sacred part of the body and it should be respected and not mocked.
Also, face painting resembles the ways which lead to haram so in this scenario later on it can lead to tattooing your face or body which is haram in Islam [i] so according to sharia those ways which lead you to harm shall be avoided too [ii].
Furthermore, the Prophet of Allah (ﷺ) has said: “If somebody fights then he should avoid the face.” [iii] The same ruling will apply for face painting as well.
Only Allah knows best
Written by Maulana Sibghat Ullah
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham
[i] Sahih Bukhari, Book of Medicine, Vol 1, Page 854, Qadeemi Kutub Khana:-The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The effect of an evil eye is a fact.” And he (ﷺ)prohibited tattooing.
[ii] Maqasad e Shariya, Page 10:- 2nd type, Those things which are forbidden because it takes you to haram.
[iii] Sahih Bukhari, Book of Slaves, Vol 1, Page 347, Qadeemi Kutub Khana:-If somebody fights then he should avoid the face