hair dye and salah

Q:
Assalamualaikum Shaik,

Could you please help me anwer these questions.

1) Is Salat accepted when one has hair dye?

2) Is Gusl completes when one has hair dye?

JazakumAllahu khairan.

-Your brother in Islam.

Time: Tuesday June 22, 2010 at 12:36 am

Answers:  وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

A1: Salah would be accepted with hair dye. Black hair dye must not be used under general circumstances. Any color other then black may be used under general circumstances.

A Hadith of our Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) and commentary from the fuqaha (jurist) and muhadith (masters of Hadith) state:

الحديث: يكون قوم يخضبون في آخر الزمان بالسواد كحواصل الحمام لا يريحون رائحة الجنة . رواه الإمام أحمد وأبو داود والنسائي وغيرهم ،.
قال الحافظ ابن حجر رحمه الله : وإسناده قوي إلا أنه اختلف في رفعه ووقفه ، وعلى تقدير ترجيح وقفه ، فمثله لا يُقال بالرأي ، فحكمه الرفع . ولهذا أختار النووي أن الصبغ بالسواد يُكره كراهية تحريم ، وعن الحَلِيمي : أن الكراهة خاصة بالرجال دون النساء ، فيجوز ذلك للمرأة ، لأجل زوجها . وقال مالك : الحناء والكتم واسع ، والصبغ بغير السواد أحب إليّ . ويُستثني من ذلك المجاهد اتفاقا

Muslims who dye their hair pitch black have most certainly taken part in a reprehensible and forbidden action. As a matter of fact, according to the Hadith, dying the hair black is a sign of those deeds which would exist as part of the signs of the Last Day. Dyeing the hair black without a valid reason makes it impossible for a person to achieve fragrance of paradise. (Hadith)

This Hadith shows the extent to which a prohibition exists in Islam regarding dyeing the hair pitch black (as opposed to brown black, etc.)  Persisting upon it without a valid reason would be part of what is known as the kabair (major sins).

A2: Yes ghusal would be complete.

We sincerly appreciate your questions.
Allah Certainly Knows Best.

p.s. Side note: we urge men and woman to look best for their familes. They should do so within the parameters of religiousity.

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One response to “hair dye and salah

  1. Q: I know men cannot dye black, does same apply to woman? (text)
    A: Woman can dye her hair black for her spouse. Her doing so in such an instance would not make it Haram.