Finally, Allah Says Yes to Painted Nails

Muslim women are excited about a new kind of “breathing” nail polish.

The Qur’an doesn’t specifically prohibit Muslim women from wearing nail polish, but because regular polish is formulated to keep moisture and air from reaching the nail, some believe it interferes with Wudu, a ritual washing before prayers.


Muslims believe it’s important that water make contact with the fingernail to cleanse it before praying. Because they would have to remove their nail polish every time they need to renew their Wudu, many Muslim women shy away from wearing nail polish.

Yay, progress.

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