Prohibition of using black dye

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Is there an authentic Hadith prohibiting the use of black dye?


1) Sayyiduna Jabir ibn ‘Abdillah (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports:

Abu Quhafa was brought on the day of the conquest of Makkah to Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). His hair was as white as flour. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said ‘Change this (whiteness) with some dye but abstain from using black

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2102, Sunan Abi Dawud: Hadith: 4201, Sahih ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 5472)


2) Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

‘A nation will come close to Qiyamah, utilizing black dye like the craws of birds, they will not even smell the fragrance of Jannah’

(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 4209)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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