Bindi' or 'Bindiya': the use of

Q51 :Is it forbidden to keep 'bindi' i.e. adhesive sticker or colored enamel on our foreheads?

A51 : The general rule which governs the use of such material is that everything is lawful unless pronounced otherwise. There may be some rules which restrict the use of certain items and these rules may apply to other items by analogy. It is forbidden for a Muslim, for example, to wear clothes or to have an article of equipment which bears a distinctive mark of unbelievers. I am not sure what this bindi looks like, but I can say that it is permissible in the first instance. However, if it is distinctive of women who follow some other religion like Buddhists or Hindus, it becomes forbidden. The prohibition does not come as a result of anything inherent in the article itself, but as a result of its being distinctive of non-Muslim women. [Added: If you are living in a society where there are both Muslim and non-Muslim women living and those non-Muslim women use 'bindi', then it will be forbidden for the Muslim women to wear 'bindi'. However, in a purely Muslim society, where a women is accepted and treated as a Muslim unless established otherwise, there should be no restriction on its use. However, one may still say that it is strongly discouraged.] On the other hand, if this adhesive sticker or enamel is waterproof, then a Muslim woman who wears it cannot have a proper ablution. It prevents the water from reaching a part of her face which should be washed. Since her ablution is incomplete, her prayer will be invalid. In this case, the prohibition is a consequence of its effect on prayer. To sum up, if this enamel or sticker is not distinctive of non-Muslim women, a Muslim woman may wear it provided she removes it when she wants to have ablution for prayer.

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