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 Posted: 26 Jamad ul awwal 1434, 06 April 2013

Q.)This news is all over the web today. There is a new nail
polish that is claimed to be water permeable. This thing seems to have hit a big
craze in the Muslim world and many may have started using it based on one
opinion of an “Islamic Scholar.” Is it okay to perform wudu while one has this
nail polish on her nails?


A.) In principle, it is necessary in wudu and ghusal that water
reaches the nail. We have not tested the mentioned product to verify whether it
is permeable or not. You may refer to other Ulama as well. Since this is a
matter of Ibadat it is best and more precautious to abstain from this until one
is satisfied that water does indeed reach the nail.

And Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.


Albalagh Note: According to Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed
of Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
their tests indicated that the nail polish in
question was not permeable. He writes:

“Due to the numerous requests
from concerned Muslim sisters, the Jamiat looked into this particular product
and conducted multiple tests. The results turned out to be negative and it was
concluded that the nail polish is not water permeable and it prevents water from
reaching the surface of the nail. Hence, this particular type of nail polish
that is being marketed as Halal nail polish is not acceptable for

By M Ballim/ M.D Mangera


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Is it permissible to use water permeable nail polish whilst performing wudu? Will the prayer be valid?

There is a water permeable nail polish. The brand is called Tuesday in love. The water permeability test shows water passing through when tested on tissue paper. There has been another company called Inglot which claimed to be permeable but with testing became evident that this claim was false. However this new product lives up to the claim.

Could you please clarify to women if it is indeed permissible to wear the Tuesday in love water permeable nail polish whilst performing wudu (ablution)? Will the wudu be valid?



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.


In principle, water must reach and wet the nails in Wudu.[1]If the nail polish forms a surface on the nail and water does not reach and wet the nails, the Wudu will be invalid.[2]


We are unable to comment on the product in reference as we have not conducted a test on it. In issues of ‘Ibaadah, it is important to exercise caution and ensure that the Wudu and Salah is valid.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


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