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Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Why do the Muslim married women not put bindi or tika on the forehead and wear Mangalsutra, like Hindu married women?


Bindi or tika
Bindi is derived from the sanskrit word bindu, which means a ‘dot’. It is usually a red dot made with vermilion powder and is worn by the Hindu women between their eyebrows on their forehead.
Bindi is considered a symbol of ‘Parvati’ and signifies female energy which is believed by Hindus to protect women and their husbands. It is traditionally a symbol of marriage and is worn by the Hindu married women. It is also called as tika.

Bindi has become a fashion
Nowadays, wearing bindi has become a fashion and is even worn by unmarried girls and women. The shape of the bindi is no longer restricted to a dot and is available in various shapes, including oval, star, heart shaped, etc. It is even available in different bright colours like blue, green, yellow, orange, etc. The material of the bindi is no longer restricted to vermilion powder, but is made of coloured felt and other material. It is also available in a variety of designs in combination with coloured glass, glitter, etc.

Mangalsutra means a thread of good-will. It is a necklace worn specially by Hindu married women as a symbol of their marriage. It consists of two strings of black beads with a pendant usually of gold. The black beads are believed to act as a protection against evil. It is believed to protect the women’s marriage and the life of her husband. In southern India, mangalsutra is called tali, which is a small gold ornament string on a cotton cord or a gold chain.
Hindu Married women are never supposed to remove their mangalsutra. It is only cut off when a Hindu lady becomes a widow.

Allah Is the Protector
Allah (swt), our Creator, is the best to protect human beings. We do not require any red dot or black thread to protect us from evil. It is mentioned in the Glorius Qur’an in Surah Anam Chapter 6 verse 14

"Say: Shall I take for my protector any other than Allah, the Maker of the heavens and the earth?"
                                  [Al-Qur’an 6:14]

It is mentioned in several places in the Glorius Qur’an including
Surah Ali Imran Chapter 3 Verse 150 and Surah Alhajj Chapter 22 Verse 78

"Allah is your Protector, and He is the best of helpers."

Wearing a bindi or mangalsutra signifies a lack of faith in Almighty God, our Creator, who is the best to protect.

Against the Islamic Dress Code
Wearing a bindi or mangalsutra is a sign of Hindu women. The Islamic dress code does not permit a Muslim to wear any sign, symbol or mark which is specially significant of a non-Muslim.

In Islam, Both Married and Unmarried women should not be Teased
Once, a Hindu friend of mine, while mentioning the benefits of mangalsutra said that it easily identifies a married women, and thus prevents them from being teased and molested. According to Islam, each and every woman, whether married or unmarried, Muslim or Non-Muslim, should neither be teased nor molested.


  1. Asslamu alaikum. May Allah reward u 4 ur effort. Would u like to explain about that: Rakshakabach,tabij,etc

  2. Aslaam alykum brother. I want 2 know one thing. Even our muslim womens in southindia wearing mangalsutra like ornament on their neck(after marriage) . Wheather it's haraam or halaal.

  3. ur hindu friend must be stupid lik you,or maybe u r lying...hinduism worships unmarries girls in 'navratra'..nd there unmarried status in no way makes them a available to men
    marriage symbols have got nothing to do with making unmarried woemn available 4 teasing...they are asthetic,symbolic,sacred and increase a woman's beauty.
    u r stupid,in south all young girls even some men wear it is not exclusively 4 married women but important for them
    if u want taht muslim women that don't wear them sinply tell them that,don't invent lies n insult our symbols.
    if u r going 2 apply that logic muslim women shouldn't bangles n sari too....for taht matter anything that originated in indai and once was wore just by hindus,because then would have been a exclusive symbol of them if it hadn't been some way adopted by western n arab ppl.
    do a research and find out all the things invente by indains like cotton and make it unlawful for muslim women

  4. got a point.. Masha allah.. May allah save you from all the difficulties

  5. I didnt get it .. was this article directed towards Hindus or Muslim women in India putting Bindi and wearing Mangalsutra.. plz clarify..and y wud u draw a comparison between two separate religions.. There cant b a comparison between traditions and rituals of two entirely separate religions

  6. Being a Hindu, I appreciate the thought tat Allah is the Protector, but in case of Hindus, it is different; mangalsutra symbolizes the inseparable bond between a husband and a wife and a bindi is put on the forehead as it is believed to be the location where concealed wisdom is found and many other reasons behind. They are all just the cultures tat they follow. Whether women wear mangalsutra and put a bindi or not it is upto them depending on how they follow, for tat matter now-a-days many hindu people are not putting bindi.
    But, ultimately, be it Hindu or Muslim, married or unmarried, men or women, we all are God's children.