Applying surma

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1. When should one put surma?

2. What are the benefits of surma?

3. What is the method of applying surma?



1. It is recommended that it be applied before sleeping.

2. It enhances the sight.

3. Apply it thrice in each eye.

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

عن ابن عباس رضي الله عنهما أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال اكتحلوا بالإثمد فإنه يجلو البصر وينبت الشعر وزعم أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم كانت له مكحلة يكتحل بها كل ليلة ثلاثة في هذه، وثلاثة في هذه (جامع الترمذي رقم 1757)

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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