As’salamu alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
I have tattoos which is an art form forbidden in Islam but these were put on my skin before I took shahada.
One day I was in a halal butcher market and upon greeting a brother working there with salaam, he replied that I will not make it to the gates of Jannah with ink on my skin. He even suggested I get them removed.
I was shocked that he thought that his level of piety could place judgment on his brother that he doesn’t even know, I told him that Allah is all hearing and seeing and had to explain to him.
This kind of ignorance within ones deen is what leads many new converts/reverts away from Islam because it causes confusion and can especially lower the iman of the new member of our ummah. We must stop being reckless with our tongues to one another and reacting on appearance: beard or no beard, hijab or no hijab, tattoo or no tattoo we have no right to speak on behalf of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala or even mix personal opinion with the practice of deen.
The beauty of our exterior is not of the most importance, we forget that the beauty of our interior is! Our flesh has temporary means so let’s focus on learning our deen better and practicing with purity because in the end we are all “artwork” awaiting the break down of our colours.
May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala continue to guide us all, strengthen our ummah and take care of our new brothers and sisters. I became a Muslim in Nov 2012 and since then my life has been consistently enriched by the azza wajall Allah with all his excellence and mercy.
I just wanted to share this experience with you. Jazaka allahu khair.