Fatwa: # 33892
Category: Women
Country: United States
Date: 24th August 2015


Wudhu with 'Halaal' nail polish



What is the ruling on “halal” water permeable nail polishes? They have begun to be used more commonly, with the idea that they are okay to use as wudhu would be valid with water permeable nail polish (as opposed to wudhu not being valid with regular nail polish since water does not pass over the nail). Various tests have been performed online by consumers showing differing levels of permeability between brands.

Some brands of this water permeable nail polish are:

(1) Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect

(2) Tuesday in Love Water Permeable Nail Polish

(3) Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Enamel

(4) Nails Inc H2GO Wash Off Nail Polish

Would wudhu be valid with any of these nail polishes, although the nails are still covered?

JazakAllahu Khairan for your time!


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The Jamiatul Ulama KZN has stated the following regarding Inglot O2M Breathable Nail Enamel:

“The results turned out to be negative and it was concluded that the nail polish is not water permeable and it prevents water from reaching the surface of the nail. Hence, this particular type of nail polish that is being marketed as Halaal nail polish is not acceptable for Wudhu.” [1]

We are unable to comment on the other three nail polishes being water permeable or not.

We advise not using the nail polishes; water is a prerequisite for the validity of Salaah. It would be a very great risk to use the nail polishes under an assumption that it is water permeable. [2]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Maaz Chati

Student Darul Iftaa
Blackburn, England, UK

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[2] وقيل إن صلبا منع وهو الأصح

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(قوله إن صلبا) بضم الصاد المهملة وسكون اللام وهو الشديد حلية أي إن كان ممضوغا مضغا متأكدا، بحيث تداخلت أجزاؤه وصار له لزوجة وعلاكة كالعجين شرح المنية (قوله: وهو الأصح) صرح به في شرح المنية وقال لامتناع نفوذ الماء مع عدم الضرورة والحرج ا هـ. ولا يخفى أن هذا التصحيح لا ينافي ما قبله فافهم

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والعجين في الظفر يمنع تمام الاغتسال والوسخ والدرن لا يمنع والقروي والمدني سواء والتراب والطين في الظفر لا يمنع والصرام والصباغ ما في ظفرهما يمنع تمام الاغتسال وقيل كل ذلك يجزيهم للحرج والضرورة، ومواضع الضرورة مستثناة عن قواعد الشرع

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في فتاوى ما وراء النهر إن بقي من موضع الوضوء قدر رأس إبرة أو لزق بأصل ظفره طين يابس أو رطب لم يجز وإن تلطخ يده بخمير أو حناء جاز 

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والثالث زوال ما يمنع وصول الماء إلى الجسد لجرمة الحائل كشمع وشحم

قوله كشمع وشحم وعجين وطين وما ذكره بعضهم من عدم منع الطين والعجين محمول على القليل الرطب

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