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Must tattoos be removed?

Tattoos are haram.

Source : ShafiiFiqh / 29 May 2014

Tattoos are haram.

Removing tattoos is obligatory, unless one fears a harm that would warrant dry ablution [tayammum]. If one was a Muslim when they got the tattoo, then they must repent. If one embraced Islam with a tattoo, then past sins were wiped away upon accepting the din; accordingly, the sin of tattooing is forgiven.

Still, when no harm is feared, a person who embraces Islam with tattoos, and likewise the one who got a tattoo while Muslim, must remove them. If harm is feared, then one does not need to do so. (al-Fatawa al-Kubra al-Fiqhiyyah v. 1, p. 164; Mughni al-Muhtaj v. 1, p. 406)


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