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October 17, 2014

What the Bible says about tattoos and cutting of bodies

What the Bible says about tattoos and cutting of bodies

A supporter of Liberian opposition presidential candidate Winston Tubman shows her Tubman’s CDC party tattoo AFP PHOTO

The Bible warns against tattoos  in Leviticus 19:28 (Amplified) which says, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”

However, just because society approves of something does not make it right in the eyes of God. The Bible warns Christians who are considering getting one and tries to help overcome the consequences of those mistakes.



Having a tattoo will not keep anyone from serving God. Some godly people have tattoos and are serving God and their tattoos do not interfere with what God is doing through them. Anything Satan tries to use for evil, God can turn and use it for good

There are many dedicated and sincere Christians that have tattoos. This is not meant to say they do not love the Lord. God not only can use them, but does use them. Tattooing, according to the Bible has witchcraft “Roots”

In addition to the above verse, Scripture also warns Christians not to disfigure their bodies in following verses: “ And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them”. 1 Kings 18:28

Ye are the sons of the LORD your God; you shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness on your foreheads for the dead”. Deuteronomy 14:1 Some people object to using Old Testament scripture as a reference to tattoos since the New Testament doesn’t speak of these things.  However, in the New Testament, Christians are even called to a higher law. In the New Testament, Christians are told to glorify God in their bodies.

This would include not marring their bodies with tattoos, as the principles in the Bible clearly state it is wrong to defile the bodies.  “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

What the Koran says about tattoos and cutting of bodies Koran education is important for every Muslim irrespective of gender.  Tattoos are a growing trend in the world and most of the people question if tattoos have an acceptance in Islam or not?  As far as the matter of tattoos is concerned, tattoos are built on body through extremely hurting the body and it is forbidden in Islam to hurt your body.

According to Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen, tattooing which involves piercing with needle and which involves colours of dye are considered Haraam. It might not cause you pain or little pain, but it means changing the creation of Allah .

In al-Saheehayn it is narrated that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood said: “May Allah curse the women who do tattoos and those for whom tattoos are done, those who pluck their eyebrows and those who file their teeth for the purpose of beautification and alter the creation of Allah.” (al-Bukhaari, al-Libaas, 5587; Muslim, al-Libaas, 5538).

From the above narration, it is clear that Allah has cursed the women or man who adopts such things in their lives. Many scholars argue that this is one of the forms of deception and that makes it forbidden in Islam. Another school of thought argues that it is forbidden. . No matter what reason is behind it, Muslims also forbid it.