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Dying Beard With Henna

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Question:

What is the ruling on dying the beard with henna? Is it wajib or mustahab? When we see the Scholars on video I don’t see the henna so I’m wondering if it’s wajib.

Zaynab El-Kateb:

To change the white hair with henna or any dye is not wajib, it is mustahab, but not to dye it with black, according to the hadith:

أَخْبَرَنَا يُونُسُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الأَعْلَى، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ وَهْبٍ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي ابْنُ جُرَيْجٍ، عَنْ أَبِي الزُّبَيْرِ، عَنْ جَابِرٍ، قَالَ أُتِيَ بِأَبِي قُحَافَةَ يَوْمَ فَتْحِ مَكَّةَ وَرَأْسُهُ وَلِحْيَتُهُ كَالثَّغَامَةِ بَيَاضًا فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ “‏ غَيِّرُوا هَذَا بِشَىْءٍ وَاجْتَنِبُوا السَّوَادَ ‏”‏ ‏

“Abu Quhafah was brought on the Day of the Conquest of Makkah, and his hair and beard were white like the Thaghamah. The Messenger of Allah [peace be upon him] said: ‘Change this with something, but avoid black.’

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