What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue, is the Asian custom of rubbing haldi (turmeric) over the groom’s body on the ‘Mehndi night’ permissible?

Questioner: A sister from UK


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

If the groom himself rubs turmeric over his body for some health benefits then it is totally permissible. If other men rub turmeric over the groom’s body, leaving out the parts from knees up to the navel, then this too, is permissible but if ghayr-mahram women rub turmeric over the groom’s body then without doubt it is unlawful and sin, and rather a collection of sins.  This involves looking at ghayr-mahram women, chatting with them and them touching the groom’s body which, according to a Hadith, is considered as adultery; as it is mentioned in the Hadith of Muslim Shareef:

فَالْعَيْنَانِ زِنَاهُمَا النَّظَرُ، وَالْأُذُنَانِ زِنَاهُمَا الِاسْتِمَاعُ، وَاللِّسَانُ زِنَاهُ الْكَلَامُ، وَالْيَدُ زِنَاهَا الْبَطْشُ

Adultery of the eyes is seeing (what is forbidden), adultery of the ears is listening (to what is forbidden), adultery of the tongue is speaking (what is forbidden) and adultery of the hand is touching/holding (what is forbidden).

[Sahih Muslim, Hadth No. 2657]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by Musjidul Haq Research Department ( )

Read the original answer in Urdu here – [Q-ID0474] Is the Asian wedding custom of applying Haldi (Tumeric) on the Groom permissible?

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