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Wedding tikka and salaah

Fatwaa ID: 1613

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
My apologies, I have an urgent question, as my friend’s wedding is tomorrow. You know how girls wear a tika (piece of jewelry) on their forehead that comes in the way and becomes a barrier from the forehead touching the ground in Sujood. She asked me and I looked back in Quduri and found it’s permissible according to Imam Abu Hanifa رحمه الله, but not according to Sahibayn رحمهما الله without an excuse and the fatwa is upon their opinion. My question is can a tika on your wedding be an excuse? If not, can the opinion of Imam Abu Hanifa رحمه الله be followed in this case?

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

May Allaah Ta’aala bless your friend and place love, unity and happiness in her marriage.

In principle, it is necessary for the validity of the salaah that the forehead touches the ground. A tikka/tikli is generally thick and would prevent the forehead from touching the ground. Thus, it will not be permissible to perform salaah with a tikka on the forehead. It will be necessary to remove it or move it aside.

In regards to the difference in the Hanafi legal school, there is a difference of opinion regarding the obligation of the forehead between Imaam Abu Haneefah and his two students. Fatwaa however is on the view of his two students, i.e., it is necessary. This is also the mainstream position of the other legal schools. Facilitating adornments on your wedding is not a valid excuse to go against the muftaa bih and the mainstream position. There is no dharoorah or haajah in this. She must remove the tikka. Sajdah will not be valid with it.

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

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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