Tattoos with quotations or images from the Quran, Allah, or the Prophet Muhammad are prohibited in a number of Muslim nations. Sharia Law governs the content of all tattoos in these countries. Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistan are among them. In some countries tattoos are not permitted at all.
In other countries where Sharia Law does not apply, people can choose what they tattoo on themselves. In Israel tattoos are allowed, but only religious symbols or words are acceptable. Any other image is considered art and not reflective of real life so it can't be claimed as a representation of reality.
In Europe most countries allow tattoos under their specific laws prohibiting discrimination. However, many employers also have a policy against hiring workers with tattoos because they think it will be a distraction when working with machinery or completing forms. As such, there are few jobs available for those looking to break into the tattoo industry.
In the United States tattoos are legal if they are done by a professional artist and can be removed if needed. However, some states prohibit certain kinds of tattoos under their general health codes. For example, California prohibits any kind of tattoo that involves needles or knives. Other states may have similar prohibitions based on hospitalization costs or other factors.
The world's oldest known tattooed human body was discovered in 2009 in Pakistan and is estimated to be about 4,500 years old.
Islam's Shia sect Shia Ayatollahs Ali al-Sistani and Ali Khamenei feel that tattoos are not prohibited by Islam. The Quran makes no mention of tattoos or tattooing. "Tattoos are termed Makruh," Grand Ayatollah Sadiq Hussaini Shirazi decided (disliked and discouraged). "Makrooh" means harmful or wrong. Thus, tattoos are harmful to one's faith.
However, the majority opinion among Islamic scholars is that tattoos are forbidden because the skin is sacred and should be treated with respect. Tattoos violate this principle by causing harm to the skin. The Shi'a believe that God has given us free will so we can decide what actions are acceptable or unacceptable to us. In their view, if something is permissible for some people then it is also permissible for others. It's just that the ones who live according to Islam's teachings will enjoy great rewards while those who do not suffer the consequences.
In conclusion, tattoos are disliked by most Islamic scholars because they think it is harmful to the skin and violates God's creation.
Tourists with tattoos will not be imprisoned or penalized if they are displayed. While many people assume that getting a tattoo in the UAE is banned, there is no such regulation. Tattoos, on the other hand, are considered a kind of self-injury, which is prohibited in Islamic culture. Thus, tourists can be fined or jailed for having illegal body art.
The only place where there might be a problem is at work. If you have a job that requires you to wear a uniform, it might be difficult to get away with ink on your skin. However, even here, there are ways around this: simply show up at work wearing less formal clothes than expected or carrying old uniforms to disguise any new ink you may have got recently.
In general, tourists who want to display their tattoos need to be aware of local laws but should not worry about being arrested for doing so.
Iran. Tattoos, as well as other fashion statements such as spiky hair and fake tans, were outlawed in Iran in 2015. Tattoos are connected with devil worship and are also an indication that the country is becoming more westernized, according to the reasoning for the ban. In addition, tattoos can be used by thieves to identify their victims' bodies if they are ever arrested.
Israel. Israel's military law prohibits anyone from having any mark or symbol on their body that could indicate a connection with another organization, including political parties.
Japan. Japan has very strict laws regarding tattoos. They must be applied by a professional tattoo artist and must meet health regulations set by the government. Also, people can lose their job if they have tattoos. For example, if an employer finds out you have been in a fight where someone got hurt - even if it was years ago - you might be fired because this would be considered "endangering company property".
Korea. Korea's military law states that those who are found with tattoos will be punished by death.
Mexico. Mexico has strict laws against tattooing without a license. Even getting ink touched by someone who has the license may be enough of a crime for you to be fined or go to jail.
New Zealand. New Zealand has very strict laws regarding tattoos.
Tattooing, in which pigment is injected into the skin with a needle and stays permanently under the skin, is strictly forbidden (haram) and outlawed in Saudi Arabia and for all Muslims. Having them is regarded unpleasant and demeaning for both men and women. However, there are many people who have done it illegally before.
In fact, getting tattooed is one of the most common violations of the Islamic law in Saudi Arabia. And because getting tattoos is such a serious offense, the punishment depends on how much ink is used. If less than five colors are applied, the person will be punished with 100 lashes. If more than five colors are used, the offender can be sentenced to death. In practice, however, these sentences are never executed. Instead, they tend to agree to settle the matter out of court.
According to reports, the police regularly raid tattoo shops and arrest employees if they find evidence that they have done work without proper licenses. In addition, getting tattooed in other countries may also be illegal there, so make sure you know the laws regarding body art in your destination country.
However, despite the severity of the crime, not everyone faces punishment. The legal system in Saudi Arabia takes into account circumstances beyond your control, such as where you get tattooed or what type of artist works in the shop.