Dye

 

DO YOU HAVE TO HAVE A REASON TO DYE YOUR HAIR WITH MEHNDHI. EVEN IF YOU ARE YOUNG OR CAN YOU APPLY IT WITHOUT A REASON. DO YOU HAVE TO BE OLD TO APPLY IT OR CAN YOU APPLY IT WITHOUT A REASON. I AM 17 YEARS OF AGE. DO I NEED AN REASON TO APPLY IT TO MY HAIR. I DO NOT HAVE A REASON.

 

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

 

Answer

 

Abu Huraira (radi allahu anhu) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (sallal lahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “The Jews and the Christians do not dye (their grey hairs), so you shall do the opposite of what they do.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, 4.668)

 

Abu Dharr reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallal lahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “The best thing that one can use to change the colour of grey hairs is henna and katm (a reddish dye).” (Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Vol1, 23)

 

From the above it is clear that although it is permissible to dye the hair by using mehndhi or other halal products, it should generally be used to change the colour of grey hairs. It is important to consider when using the dye, whatever the age, the reason behind this as actions are judged according to intentions. It is essential that this is not done for the wrong and unlawful reason. i.e. fashion and imitating the non believers. In the Hadith related by Imam Abu Dawud in his Sunan, the Messenger of Allah (sallal lahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever imitates a nation will be amongst them.” (Sunan Abu Dawud, 4031).

 
Only Allah Knows Best

 

Sayeedur Rahman

 

Darul Ifta, Birmingham

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