Is Belly Button Piercing Allowed in Islam?

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Is Belly Button Piercing Allowed in Islam?

Is Belly Button Piercing Allowed in Islam? The belly button piercing trend has become increasingly popular in recent years. However, for Muslims who want to follow the teachings of Islam, there is an important debate around whether this type of body modification is allowed in the religion or not.

Why Most Islamic Scholars Consider Belly Button Piercing Haram

The majority of Islamic scholars believe that belly button piercings are haram (forbidden) for both men and women in Islam. Here are the key reasons behind this ruling:

It Causes Permanent Changes to Allah’s Creation

One of the foremost reasons given by scholars is that piercing the belly button causes permanent changes to the body that Allah has created. It leaves visible marks, scars or holes even after removing the piercing. This goes against the teachings of Islam which prohibit altering Allah’s creation permanently.

Hadith Prohibit Tattoos and Changes to the Body

There are direct hadiths (sayings of Prophet Muhammad PBUH) that curse those who make changes to their bodies through tattoos or piercings. For example, one hadith in Sahih Bukhari states:

“Allah has cursed the lady who practices tattooing and that who gets it done, and also the lady who exaggerates the ornaments and that who gets it done.”

While this hadith talks specifically about tattoos, scholars extend the ruling to all permanent body changes, including piercings in areas other than the nose and ears.

Health Risks

Piercing the belly button carries health risks including pain, infection, swelling, nerve damage and scarring. Causing intentional harm to one’s body without a valid reason goes against Islamic principles of maintaining good health.

Violates Women’s Modesty

Islamic guidelines put strong emphasis on modesty for both men and women. Belly button piercings expose areas of the body that are considered private, going against the ideals of modesty in Islam.

Imitates Non-Muslim Cultures

Since belly button piercing originated from non-Muslim cultures, some scholars prohibit it to prevent blind imitation of practices not aligned with Islamic teachings.

However, there are some dissenting opinions on this issue as well. Some contemporary scholars are more open to belly button piercings as long as they are not flaunted in public and are only worn for the husband’s pleasure. But the mainstream Islamic position remains that it is forbidden.

Piercing Only Allowed for Nose and Ears, Not Belly Button

Based on various hadiths, classical Islamic jurists allowed only nose and ear piercings as permissible body modification for women as it was customary during the Prophet’s time. Nose pins and earrings do not alter the body permanently once removed. So these two areas are exceptions while piercings anywhere else including navel, lips, tongue etc. are deemed haram.

Ibn Qudamah, an eminent 12th century Sunni Islamic jurist, wrote:

It is permissible for women to wear jewellery of gold, silver and gemstones in whatever manner is customary for them to wear it, such as bracelets, anklets, earrings and rings… As for that which is not customary for them to wear, such as on the waist and other things that are like the jewellery of men, that is haram.”

This principle of permissibility being limited to what was customary during the Prophet’s time is crucial in the belly piercing debate.

Contemporary scholars like Muhammad Al-Uthaymin reaffirm this view:

“As for piercing the nose, I do not remember any of the scholars discussing it, but it is a kind of mutilation and distortion of the features, as far as we can tell, but others may not think that. If the woman is in a country where piercing the nose is regarded as a kind of adornment and beautification, then there is nothing wrong with piercing the nose to wear jewellery in it.”

So while nose pins are permitted based on tradition, belly button piercings are a modern practice and alter Allah’s creation, so remain prohibited.

Why Belly Button Piercing Violates Islamic Principles

Beyond permanent body alteration, there are other factors from an Islamic perspective that make belly button piercings particularly problematic:

Exposes the Satar

In Islam, the term Satar refers to parts of the body that must be covered in front of strangers (non-Mahrams). The navel and stomach area are considered part of the Satar for both men and women. Exposing these areas is haram in Islam. But belly button piercing by definition exposes the Satar, which violates Islamic teachings.

Associated with Sinful Women

According to some narrations, piercings and tattoos were something worn by sinful and immodest women. So piercings – other than the ears and nose – are considered an imitation of practices adopted by unchaste women.

Altering Allah’s Perfect Creation

Allah has created the human body in perfect proportion and balance. Belly button piercing is seen as altering Allah’s creation just for the sake of following a fad or fashion. This unnecessary changing of what Allah has created is disliked in Islam.

Health Risks as Self-Harm

Intentionally harming one’s body without a valid medical reason is considered similar to self-harm, which is haram in Islam. Belly button piercing carries health risks and can be seen as a form of self-harm purely for styling reasons.

Imitating Non-Muslims

Imitating practices of other religions and cultures simply as a fashion statement, without any real benefit, is discouraged in Islam. Since belly piercing originated from non-Muslim societies, scholars prohibit it as blind imitation.

What Should You Do If You Already Have a Belly Button Piercing?

If you already got your belly button pierced earlier, the recommended course of action would be:

  • Repent and sincerely ask Allah for forgiveness for any sin
  • Remove the belly button ring/piercing
  • Let the pierced area heal and close up
  • Cover your stomach area appropriately in loose, opaque clothing when going out
  • Avoid exposing the Satar to non-Mahrams
  • Refrain from haram activities in the future and focus on pleasing Allah

While it may seem harmless from a secular perspective, the Islamic position is clear on prohibiting belly button piercing. The best approach is to follow the guidance of the Quran and Sunnah even if it means giving up on current fashion trends. This act of obedience brings you closer to Allah and earns immense spiritual rewards.

Is It Permissible if Only the Husband Sees It?

Some people wonder if belly button piercing can be permissible if it is only visible to the husband and not displayed publicly. But most scholars do not make exception to the general ruling even in this case.

Piercing the navel is still considered mutilation and altering Allah’s creation, which is fundamentally prohibited regardless of who sees it. It also carries health risks and violates the mainstream standards of modesty and piety expected in Islam.

One of the fundamental principles of halal (lawful) and haram (prohibited) in Islam is that the inherent nature of the act takes precedence over how it is used. So an act that is haram due to its core nature and risks does not suddenly become permissible based on usage or limited visibility.

As Ibn Abidin, a prominent Hanafi scholar, explained:

“Piercing is considered mutilation [muthla] of the body which is unlawful in Islam. Hence, it would not be permissible to pierce anywhere on the body besides the ears and nose.”

So if the husband requests or desires something that goes against Islamic teachings, it cannot simply be justified on that basis. The wife must lovingly explain that obeying Allah takes priority even if it means not fulfilling the husband’s wishes in some matters.

Final Verdict

Based on the mainstream Islamic position derived from Quran and Sunnah, belly button piercing would be considered impermissible and sinful for both men and women. The only exception granted is nose studs and earrings for women based on customary practice at the Prophet’s time. All other forms of body piercings and modifications are prohibited as they permanently alter Allah’s creation, violate principles of modesty and carry health risks.

However, if someone has already gotten a belly button piercing, the Islamic guidance is not to despair. They can repent sincerely, take steps to remove it and make amends to get back in Allah’s good graces. While Islamic law can sometimes conflict with modern trends, submitting to Allah’s commands wholeheartedly earns immense divine rewards and liberation from being slaves to fashion.

You should also read about ARE EAR PIERCINGS ALLOWED?

FAQs

Q. Is belly button piercing not allowed in Islam?

A. Yes, belly button piercings are not permitted according to Islamic teachings. This type of body modification is considered haram (forbidden) because it causes permanent changes to Allah’s creation and has health risks.

Q. Are piercings on the belly against Islamic beliefs?

A. Piercings anywhere on the belly go against Islamic beliefs. They are haram because they alter Allah’s creation permanently and have potentially harmful effects on the body.

Q. Can Muslim women get belly button piercings?

A. No, belly button piercings are not allowed for Muslim women. Piercings that cause permanent body alterations are forbidden in Islam for both men and women. Only ear and nose piercings are permitted for women.

Q. Does Islam allow stomach piercing?

A. No, stomach or navel piercings are not permitted in Islam. Any type of body piercing other than the ears and nose is considered haram, for both health and religious reasons.

Q. Are navel piercings allowed for Muslims?

A. No, navel or belly button piercings are not allowed in Islam. They permanently change Allah’s creation which goes against Islamic teachings. Only ear and nose piercings are permitted based on tradition.

Q. Can I get my belly button pierced as a Muslim?

A. It’s best to avoid getting your belly button pierced if you want to follow Islamic guidelines. Piercings anywhere other than the ears and nose are considered haram.

Q. Does belly piercing go against Islam?

A. Yes, belly piercing goes against the teachings of Islam. It alters Allah’s creation permanently and has health risks, so Islamic scholars prohibit it.

Q. Is it permitted to show belly button in Islam?

A. No, it is not permitted to expose the belly button or stomach area in front of non-mahram (unrelated) members of the opposite gender. This is considered immodest dressing in Islam.