Category: Miscellaneous
Fatwa#: 38589
Asked Country: Mauritius

Answered Date: Aug 28,2017

Title: Am I allowed to dye my hair black?



I am 25 years old. My problem is i have grey hairs and i find this very disturbing for a young man. I am not even married. :(

I have read regarding Hair Dye. The issue is 1) My skin colour does not allow me to use all dyes and my working profession as well. 

I can use black or brown. Problem is my hair is not long. Brown does't hold and the grey hairs. I heard black is prohibited but this is the only choice i have. Can i atleast mix a little black with the brown? Using just brown does not hold on my hair?


Thank you. 


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is prohibited to use pure black hair dye1. Consider the following warning in the hadith:

يَكُونُ قَوْمٌ يَخْضِبُونَ فِي آخِرِ الزَّمَانِ بِالسَّوَادِ كَحَوَاصِلِ الْحَمَامِ لاَ يَرِيحُونَ رَائِحَةَ الْجَنَّة

"Some people will dye their hair black like the breasts of pigeons at the end of time, but they will not even smell the fragrance of Paradise."(Nasa’i/9293)



 Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said to Abu Quhafah (radiyallahu anhu)who’s hair was grey:

غَيِّرُوا هَذَا بِشَىْءٍ وَاجْتَنِبُوا السَّوَاد

“Change this with something but avoid black” (Muslim/2102)

You may use a mixture of black and brown dye2.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Mizanur Rahman

Student Darul Iftaa

West Bromwich, England, UK

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.




 (1) صحيح مسلم, دار إحياء التراث العربي - بيروت (3/ 1663)

 وحَدَّثَنِي أَبُو الطَّاهِرِ، أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ اللهِ بْنُ وَهْبٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ جُرَيْجٍ، عَنْ أَبِي الزُّبَيْرِ، عَنْ جَابِرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللهِ، قَالَ: أُتِيَ بِأَبِي قُحَافَةَ يَوْمَ فَتْحِ مَكَّةَ وَرَأْسُهُ وَلِحْيَتُهُ كَالثَّغَامَةِ بَيَاضًا، فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «غَيِّرُوا هَذَا بِشَيْءٍ، وَاجْتَنِبُوا السَّوَادَ»2102

السنن الكبرى للنسائي (8/ 326)

 أخبرنا عبد الرحمن بن عبيد الله الحلبي، عن عبيد الله عن عبد الكريم، عن سعيد بن جبير، عن ابن عباس رفعه قال: «قوم يخضبون بهذا السواد آخر الزمان كحواصل الحمام لا يريحون رائحة الجنة»9293

الفتاوى الهندية , دار الفكر (5/ 359)

ومن فعل ذلك ليزين نفسه للنساء وليحبب نفسه إليهن فذلك مكروه وعليه عامة المشايخ

فتاوی محمودیۃ،جامعہ فاروقيہ ،کراچی (19/455)

سرخ مہندی کا خضاب بلا کراہت درست ہے، سیاہ خضاپ جس سے بالوں کی اصلی سیاہی سیاہی معلوم ہو، مکروہ تحریمی ہے،

(2) الأصل للشيباني ط قطر, دار ابن حزم، بيروت - لبنان (2/ 223)

ومن علامات المسلمين الختان والخضاب

حاشية الطحطاوي على مراقي الفلاح شرح نور الإيضاح, دار الكتب العلمية بيروت - لبنان (ص1/:630(

قوله: "إلا من عرف أنه من المسلمين" أي بالسيما وهي الختان والخضاب ولبس السواد

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