Dying the hair black

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Q: I am a twenty years old. Since January I have a disease. Now I am recovering. My question is that this disease has caused my hair to turn white before age. I know that it is haraam to pluck white hair and also that one falls in Allah’s eyes by doing such deeds. But I have also heard that young muslims can even dye their hair black if they wish. I want to ask that is it permissible to pluck such white hair that are growing before age and are a result of a temporary disease?


A: The dye should not be pure black. Brownish black is permissible.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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