One of the most common questions asked by Muslim sisters is whether or not they are allowed to wear nail polish. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with wearing nail polish. The real issue is that this substance forms an impermeable barrier over the nails preventing water from getting underneath. So when a sister needs to perform wuḍū’ in order to pray, it cannot be completed without first removing the nail polish.
With these regilious restrictions, most scholars advise it as a substitute while failing to realize just how different henna is from nail polish in the world of fashion and beauty. The urge to wear nail polish on a regular basis has even led some sisters to wear a ‘peelable’ variety which can be scraped off without any chemicals. But what if there was a nail polish that allowed the water to seep through?
And that’s where our new line of polish called O2M that it has labeled “breathable nail enamel” comes in. It borrows a polymer used in some contact lenses which allows oxygen and moisture to penetrate to the nail.
A study was conducted by Shaykh Mustafa Umar, Director of Education and Outreach at the Islamic Institute of Orange County. Umar says, one of my students decided to perform a test to see whether or not water actually seeped through when using the Inglot O2M nail polish. As a test case, she applied standard pink nail polish and purple O2M on a coffee filter and allowed both to dry. She then placed another coffee filter below the painted one, squeezed two drops of water over the polish, and applied some pressure with her finger. After about ten seconds it was clear that the water was prevented from seeping through [even to the back side of the first filter] on the standard polish but clearly went through the O2M and even wet the second filter. This test is sufficient to show that the claims made by the manufacturer are correct and water does indeed permeate through to the nail. Umar concludes saying that there is a sound basis for believing the water seeps through to the nail when wearing Inglot’s O2M breathable nail polish.
It might not be written into Islamic law, but it appears Muslim women can now paint and pray freely.
Inglot’s O2M nail polish line is available in 60 colours and does not contain –
– Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)
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P.S: PR Info