Question: A man has tattoos on his right arm and shoulder and wants to go to Hajj, but he does not know if he should remove them before he goes or not. Keep in mind that one of them is a tattoo of a cross and that removing them costs a lot of money.

Answer: As for tattoos and tattooing, they are from the things that are not permissible and therefore forbidden in Islaam, whether for men or women. This prohibition increases if it is in the form of a cross. But as it relates to this question, if the person was unable to remove this cross or this tattoo, or perhaps it can be removed but it is very costly and he has no ability or means to do so, or perhaps he is able to, but it becomes a hardship on him or it is harmful, then if he knows that this was something that was forbidden and he makes sincere tawbah (repentance) to Allaah سبحانه وتعالى, then there is no harm upon him. However, when he has the ability to remove it he must do so. As for his performing Hajj, his Hajj is okay Inshaa' Allaah and he won't be affected by this tattoo. For example; if he has this tattoo and he made Hajj this year, then Inshaa' Allaah his Hajj is correct and the tattoo won't interfere with his Hajj.

Answered by: Shaykh Fahad Al Fuhayd حفظه الله

Title of Lecture: Golden Naseehah to the Seekers of Knowledge

Date of the Lecture: November 19th, 2005

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