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Mandala design in henna

Fatwaa ID: 2077


The Mandala is a common design for mehndi, but it seems to be associated with symbolism from Hinduism/Buddhism. Would this design be permissible if one puts it on simply because they like the design and without giving any significance to the Hindu/Buddhist concepts? Most women put it unaware of the symbolism.

A description from the Internet:

Mandala, (Sanskrit: “circle”) in Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism, a symbolic diagram used in the performance of sacred rites and as an instrument of meditation. The mandala is basically a representation of the universe, a consecrated area that serves as a receptacle for the gods and as a collection point of universal forces. Man (the microcosm), by mentally “entering” the mandala and “proceeding” toward its centre, is by analogy guided through the cosmic processes of disintegration and reintegration.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

A mandala is a geometric figure rooted in the Buddhist and Hindu faiths representing the ideal universe. It holds religious connotations and significance and is used by them for meditation purposes as well.

As Muslims, we are sensitive to our beliefs and values. Accordingly, it will not be permissible for Muslims to use these designs for mehndi/henna or any other purposes. This prohibition will apply even if one is unaware of the symbolism and merely uses them because of the design. It is a common henna design because of Hindu influence; Hindus use henna as well. A Muslim must do all his actions consciously and with understanding.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

07/20/1445 AH – 02/01/2024 CE | AMG3-4369

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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