Are Nose Rings Allowed for Women?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered Faraz A. Khan

Question: I just want to know the rulings on body piercings more so nose rings. Is it HARAM or HALAL to have one?
I used to have it but when I reverted to Islam I took all my piercings out . But I see other woman with the hijab/jelbab and niqab have nose rings I am confused….
Also what mathab does your knowledge come from…


Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and states.

According to the Hanafi school, the default ruling of body piercing is that it is unlawful since it is deemed a type of mutilation, which was explicitly prohibited by the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). [Sahih Bukhari]

However, an exception to this ruling is with respect to women, who are allowed to pierce specifically their ears or noses, as that is considered a type of adornment recognized by the Sacred Law. Earrings and nose rings are therefore permissible for women.

For women to pierce other parts of the body, or for men to pierce any part of their bodies, is not recognized as adornment by the Sacred Law and hence remains unlawful mutilation. [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

For more detail, please see this related answer:

Is Body Piercing Allowed for Men

And Allah knows best.
Faraz A. Khan

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani