The Hair Black If There Is No Intention To Cheat Or
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Is it permissible to dye the hair black if it
was originally black? My hair is black but then its
colour changed to red, and now I want to dye it black.
Praise be to Allaah.
It was narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) that dying the hair black is
not allowed. That is mentioned in the hadeeth of
Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with
him) that Abu Quhaafah, the father of Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq,
was brought to the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) to give his oath of allegiance,
and his hair was completely white. The Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Change
this, but avoid black.” Narrated by Muslim.
Dyeing the hair black is not allowed, whether the hair
was red or white. The scholars have stated that the
reason why it is not allowed to dye the hair black is
because of the deception involved, as it makes a
person appear to be something he is not, especially
since a person’s age may be known from the colour of
his hair, whether it is black or white or a mixture of
the two. So dyeing the hair black makes him look young
when he may be middle aged or an old man.
Based on this reason, if there are no white hairs and
there is no intention to deceive, as in the case asked
about here – where the questioner’s hair was black
then its colour changed to red – is it permissible to
dye the hair black?
It better to be on the safe side and avoid that,
because of the wording of the hadeeth and in
accordance with it, especially since the reason
mentioned – namely cheating and deception – is an
implicit reason which some of the scholars stated was
what was meant here, but it was not stated expressly
by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon
It should be noted that the Muslim woman understands
the importance of time, and recognizes that this world
is a preparation for the Hereafter. So she should not
spend much of her time or most of her time on matters
of her body, clothing and adornments at the expense of
her worship, educating her children, calling others to
her religion and treating others with kindness. That
does not mean that she should not adorn herself,
rather she should adorn herself with that which Allaah
has permitted, within reasonable limits as regards how
she does it and how much time she spends on that.
Moreover she should not pay attention to every new
thing that comes along, adopting and following every
new fashion that she sees. That may lead her to
imitate kaafir women and immoral women, let alone
wasting time and money that she could put to better
use which would be more beneficial to herself and to
And Allaah is the One Whom we ask to guide us to do
and say that which is right and true.