Breaking Stereotypes

Halal Nail Polish - The Islamic Perspective

Halal Nail Polish - The Islamic Perspective - Mersi Cosmetics

Being a Muslim woman, your concern would always be about maintaining your makeup without compromising on the religious activities. Well, you’re not the only one here because countless girls out there are also trying to find a balance among these two. And here, we might just have the right thing for you!

Many personal care and makeup companies are progressively becoming wide-ranging to suit enthusiasts of all beliefs and ethnicities. More useable and reliable products are continuously being introduced in the market to break down religious barriers. Among all these makeup items, nail polishes have been the talk of the town lately.

Halal nail polishes have made it into the market and now, people are confused and are not sure what to do about it. Well, you know what? Just go ahead, accept this new opportunity, and break down the barriers that made you stay away from the latest fashion trends.

Now, first things first, let’s have a look at what halal actually is? And why do people are so conscious about this new nail polish?

Meaning of ‘Halal’ From an Islamic POV

‘Halal’ is an Arabic word, and if you roughly translate it into English, it means ‘Permissible’ or something that would otherwise intrude upon a rule. However, there are people who take it out of the context, making simpler things harder for everyone.  

You might be thinking that this term is limited to the food, but no. The clothes you are wearing, the makeup you are putting on, and the other things you are using on a daily basis can be distinguished as halal or haram too. 

What’s all This Fuss about Halal Nail Polish?


Do you want to know how anything can be halal or haram? Maybe, we should talk about the basics that put things in these two categories.

  • The Source/Ingredients Used
  • The Making Process

The ingredients of your nail polish should come from halal sources, i.e., animals that are allowed and slaughtered in the right way, no alcohol or pork should be included, etc.

You might find it easy to identify halal products, but no! How can you tell where the chemicals came from. Or if the manufacturing process was alright or not? So, is there any way to find this answer?

Yes obviously! If you want to make sure to use the right product, you can go for Muslim societies certified products like ISNA (The Islamic Society of North America).

Why Have Mainstream Nail Polishes Have Been An Issue?

For many Muslim girls, wearing nail polish has always been a problem for years. As you know, Muslims are obligated to pray five times a day. And prior to performing prayers, they must perform or do ablution or ‘wudu’.

A nail polish layer creates a barrier that stops from water from reaching the nail bed. Therefore it must be removed first. This can be quite tedious if you're doing it five times a day. However, newly invented nail polishes have become hugely popular because of their water permeability. Water can penetrate through them down to the nail bed easily, making it easier to live through your day.

This means, now you won’t have to remove and reapply the nail polish every time you need to renew the ablution. Just like regular nail polish, this breathable nail polish does not require any rubbing or additional pressure to remove it. You can simply remove it with a nail polish remover.

Making it Simpler for Muslims

There are a lot of stereotypes in the Muslim community about makeup and especially about polishing the nails.

It’s kind of weird how people judge others only because they paint their nails and they might not be true to their religion. It’s everyone’s personal business whatsoever. But the whisperings and questions from the people about this all just never ends, or does it?

This entire situation usually ends up making everyone uncomfortable and weird. Not to mention, makes them give up their desires of putting makeup and nail paint on for nothing.

It’s Not Haram!

What you must know here is, doing any of this; putting makeup or nail polish isn’t forbidden in Islam. You can put it on if you are okay with removing and reapplying it before and after each prayer. In Quran, there is no clear statement regarding the adornments and body decoration. So, it is not prohibited unless it’s not disturbing your prayers.

What really is wrong here is we having such incredibly unshakeable, ingrained, fixed ideas about what is and isn’t appropriate. This ends up putting barriers and making long-lasting stereotypes that become hard to break.

This whole thing makes us limiting, restricting, restraining, and oppressing as a Muslim community just because of the negative thoughts and incomplete knowledge.

People Helping In Making It Better   

There are many companies and people who are trying their best to introduce the products that are shattering such stereotypes. The concept of halal nail polish is such an inspiring and encouraging step to break all the boundaries and show the world that there is nothing that Muslim women cannot do.

The breathable nail paint allows the water and oxygen to reach to the nails through the layer of the polish. It makes you able to do your religious tasks without any barriers.

You don't need to worry about the ingredients, process, trends, and stereotypes. Just do whatever you love to do with the latest health-friendly nail paints. The popularity of this polish is continuously increasing in Muslim countries, especially in the Middle Eastern ones.

Becoming a Trend

Are you a person who loves following the latest trends but you got certain reasons not to? If yes, then worry not because it is not only you who finds it challenging to balance between religion and beauty.

Islam is not a religion that creates a barrier and stops people from following their hearts. You just need to make sure that your act doesn’t violate any ethical teachings. By keeping all these things in mind, many companies are introducing new lines in makeup to meet the demands of Muslims across the world.

The ‘Halal Nail Polish’ is one of them. This invention is setting the latest beauty trend for everyone everywhere. It is providing a new path for fashion and styling to the girls. More and more people are becoming aware of the fact that there is nothing wrong with wearing makeup and following trends until and unless it crosses any limits.

Now, as a Muslim woman, you don't need to worry about the prayers when you have to go out or need to attend an event. You can be a part of everything without even having to miss out anything. However, if you are still concerned about the originality and truth of these nail paints, you can test them, even at home.

Rising Concerns about Halal Nail Polish



While doing the wudu for performing religious activities, no barrier is acceptable that prevents water from touching the skin properly. The correct method is to wash certain parts of your body without missing a single hair.

The method of wudu is explained in Quran, Surah Al-Maidah 5:6. as

O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles. And if you are in a state of janābah,1, then purify yourselves. But if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself, or you have contacted women and do not find water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and hands with it. Allah does not intend to make difficulty for you, but He intends to purify you and complete His favor upon you that you may be grateful.” (QS Al-Maidah:6)

Because of these teachings, it became a concern for many scholars that what if the permeable nail polish did not pass the water through it completely in the way it should?


The other biggest problem is that not everyone is familiar with the resources and ingredients used in the making of halal nail polish. The majority of women might apply these without even knowing that it actually works and is made from halal means. So, as long as you believe that the water is touching your nails, there is no problem with it, but you need to be sure about it.

All these hidden realities and unclear facts are increasing the concerns of Muslim scholars because it is a religious matter more than just a fashion trend. But with these new nail polishes in the town, everything might become easier and handy for you in the ways you never even imagined.

So, let’s get to the point where you finally find a way to break the stereotypes and old barriers stopping you from rocking the world!  

Benefits of Breathable Halal Nail Polish

  • Easier To Keep On 

Other than using halal ingredients in this nail polish, the nail polish allows the water to perfectly wash your hands and nails. The whole idea behind this product is to facilitate the Muslims and help them accomplish their religious tasks without any issue.

So, now you can keep your personal and beauty life balanced without having to think about the things that don’t matter anymore. You neither have to miss your salah not have to wait for weeks to try on the latest nail art style.

  • Keep Your Nails Healthy

When we use the term breathable, it means you don't need to worry about your nail's health. The air will keep touching them, allowing them to stay open and fresh. Plus, you will not have to worry about getting a manicure every few days because you won’t be needing it.

Other than the air, your hands also keep in touch with the water, which keeps them moisturized and hydrated. Don't forget that your nails are equally important as your skin, and needs the same care.

  • Less Harsh Chemicals

Unfortunately, conventional nail polishes contain harsh chemicals that damage your nails if you use them frequently.

However, this is not the case with the halal nail polishes. They are made not only from reliable resources but are also designed to keep all the harsh chemicals away from you.

So, its time you keep your nails healthy, safe, and non-toxic by using this product. Today, many brands are providing it free from toxic chemicals like toluene, camphor, parabens, formaldehyde resin, xylene, fragrances, and DBP.

  • Dries Faster

Because of its breathable nature, the air and oxygen keep penetrating into the nail paint. So, your nails will completely dry out in a shorter time.

That means, you don’t need to wait so long after applying your nail paint and it won’t even get messed up when you move too soon. This quality makes the whole applying process easy and comfortable. Plus, their non-toxicity will provide your nails a better and healthier look.

No More Reasons Left To Stop You from Looking Prettier!

Halal nail polish is now gaining popularity in the world because of its Muslim-friendly nature. You might find many conflicts about their use but worry not because these are testified and certified by well-known Muslim societies.

So, just go and update your fashion trend and break all the social barriers with a better choice because confidence comes with a great and influential personality.







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