A new nail polish that suits Muslim women and their culture
For many observant Muslim women, manicures have long posed religious problems. Before doing their daily prayer, they have a pre-prayer ritual called 'wudhu' that requires washing hands and arms in a traditional way, which specifies that water should make contact with the nails. But now a polish cosmetic company, Inglot has come up with the world's first-known nail polish that's suitable for daily prayer, the 'halal certified' 02M Breathable.
Mostly, the Muslim women avoid nail polish because it creates a waterproof cover over their nails and does not allow the water to touch their nails during 'wudhu'. So, many Muslim women restrict manicure to period days only, as they don't need to pray during those days. But somehow its embarrassing, as wearing nail polish usually indicates to another person that the lady is undergoing her period. So, as an alternative, they stain their hands with henna, to get a deep dark reddish orange colour.
The new nail polish, which is one of its kind, helps in passing air and moisture to the nails as it is permeable to both of them. A new craze has build up now among the Muslim women, as a Islamic scholar, Umar, director of education and outreach with the Islamic Institute of Orange County in California has endorsed the product saying, 'it complies with muslim laws' after testing its permeability and wrote an article on it.
Saleh, a 35-years-old teacher of pre-school and kindergarten children in California, who is fond of polishing her nails but could not do so because its unislamic. But when she came to know about this new nail polish, she was very excited and bought the product in five colours, including a bright pink, a burgundy and a mauve, she said “I am excited. I feel more feminine – and I just love it.” Though the Quran does not specifically address the issue of nail polish, but some Islamic scholars have said that water must touch the nail surface while washing hands and arms in a traditional way and this new nail polish suits Muslim women and their culture.
The nail polish stands as one of the final life achievements of Wojciech Inglot, a Polish chemist and entrepreneur. He died suddenly after nine days of launching the product - due to internal hemorrhaging. In his last interview with The Associated Press nine days before his death, he said “I didn’t think there is a single Muslim living here, but it looks very promising.” He also said that the company was unable to immediately meet all requests for orders, but that the phenomenon was so fresh that he didn’t yet have any figures on sales!