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What is the Islamic way to dye grey hair?

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sallam, I am 17 years of age and i am growing grey hairs, i find it hard to live my day to day life becasue i have to cover my hair everytime i go somewhere, i have been told by alot of people to dye my hair, but i want to know the islamic way, i.e what dye i can use, which is appropriate for my hair, please reply, wasalam.

In the Name of Allah, the Inspirer of Truth.
Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh

You can use any dye, but henna is Sunnah and is best. Check the products to ascertain what is most suitable for your hair.

The use of black mehndi to conceal grey/white hair is makrooh-e-Tahrimi (severely reprehensible and sinful). This applies equally to both men and women.

Imam Muslim has reported a Hadith in his ‘Sahih’ on the authority of Hazrat Jabir (R.A) that when Abu Quhafah (father of Abu Bakar (R.A) embraced Islam at the conquest of Makkah, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) commanded him to dye his white hair but at the same time prohibited him from using black dye.

The underlying reason for it’s prohibition is that it resembles the original black colour of the hair. In other words it is a form of deception and delusion.

Another Hadith with regards to the prohibition of black-dye, narrated in Abu Dawood and Nasa’ee – Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said,

“In the latter era (i.e. prior to Qiyamah) many people will use a black dye which resembles a dove’s crop. Such people won’t even smell the fragrance of Paradise.”

And Allah knows Best
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(Mufti) Abdullah Patel
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