GREY/ WHITE HAIR A BLESSING ( DYE OR NOT? )


Assalamualaikum Warahamathulahi Wabarakatuhu

Grey or White hair that appears on the head or bead of a believer is a blessing of ALLAH the Most-compassionate. This Grey or white hair would shine as a Noor (light), in the hereafter. And plucking or cutting that is not allowed, it would be as if cutting or plucking the Noor off the face. Each grey or white hair is a Light on the believer bestowed by Allah the Most-powerful and it would give good deeds and wash off the bad deeds.

GREY or WHITE HAIR A BLESSING DYE OR NOT

Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-‘As (Radhiallahu’Anhu):  “The ALLAH’s Apostle (Salallahu’Alayhiwassalam) said: Do not pluck out grey hair. If any believer grows a grey hair in Islam, he will have light on the Day of Resurrection. (This is Sufyan’s version). Yahya’s version says: Allah will record on his behalf a good deed for it, and will blot out a sin for it. “ [Abu Dawood, Book 33, Hadith # 4190]

And the white or grey hairs must never be left un-dyed. Because it’s like imitating the Non-Muslims. Hence, one must dye his/ her hair with henna or any other dye which is not black. Prophet Muhammad (Salallahu’Alayhiwassalam) forbids the believer from dying the hair in black color, because it’s also a way of imitating Non-muslims as well as it would show one so young. The grey or white hair is given to a believer as a reminder of death, it would remind him/her that they are close to death and would eventually make them to perform more good deeds and prohibit bad deeds. And only those people who engaged in battles were given permission to dye their hair black, to fool the enemy and show up themselves as young and strong.  Those who use black dye, would not smell the fragrance of Paradise (Jannah). 

Narrated AbuDharr (Radhiallahu’Anhu): “The ALLAH’s Apostle (Salallahu’Alayhiwassalam) said: The best things with which grey hair are changed are henna and katam. “ [Abu Dawood, Book 33, Hadith # 4193]

Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas (Radhiallahu’Anhu):  “The ALLAH’s Apostle (Salallahu’Alayhiwassalam) said: At the end of time there will be people who will use this black dye like the crops of doves who will not experience the fragrance of Paradise. “ [ Abu Dawood, Chapter 33, Hadith # 4200]

So, never pluck or cut the grey or white hair. And keep dying the hair with henna (It’s sunnah) or with any other natural dyes that is not of black color. Each and everything that ALLAH the Almighty has provided us, has it’s own benefits, which could only be understood by the knowledgeable one.

JAZAKALLAH KHAIRUN [ Courtesy Abdullah Alfazeena (Aleena Razee)]

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16 thoughts on “GREY/ WHITE HAIR A BLESSING ( DYE OR NOT? )

    • Assalamualaikum Warahamathulahi Wabarakatuhu

      If u feel uncomfortable with long hair u can cut it. Remember sister, ur intention plays an important role. If u do it to attract or show-off or to imitate non-muslim women then it’s haram. If u do for ur own welfare then it’s Permissible.
      Jazakallah Khairun dear sis..

    • Assalamualaikum Warahamathulahi Wabarakatuhu
      These sort of cutting is forbitten by Prophet (Salalahu’Alayhi’Wassalam)
      What some Muslims do, which is to shave part of the head and leave part, is the qaza’ (tuft) which was forbidden by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). This may take several forms:

      1- Shaving some parts of the head and leaving others

      2- Shaving the sides of the head and leaving the middle

      3- Shaving the middle and leaving the sides

      4- Shaving the front and leaving the back

      5- Shaving the back and leaving the front

      6- Shaving one side and leaving the other .

      Yes, u can cut the grey hair if it our grows. But it must not resemble Non-Believers. Jazakallah Khairun

  1. Salam Mualaikum everyone! I’m scared to hear this I was even told it’s in the Quran but I have been looking and I couldn’t find anything l. My aunty told me that having Gary hair in front of my head means I will lose my love one at early stage of marriage. Is this true ?

    • Walaikumwassalam warahamthulahi wabaraktuhu dear sister. There is nothing like that. Islam is against all superstitious believes. So, advice ur aunty to not believe in such things, as it is against Islam. Grey hair is a blessing. Alhamdhulillah ur blessed so praise ALLAH for it dear. Jazakallah Khairun.

      • Salam Mualaikum Dear ! Alhamdullia to hear this and will surely correct her In Sha Allah, thank you so dear and Jazakallah Khairun.

  2. salaam mualaikum sister,

    I am 23 years old and started off about 2,3 years go with 2 white hair either side of my head, i have seen 2 more grow in the middle part of my head.. i just wanted to know that does growing white hair means a reminder of death or is there othe rason aswell in islam.

  3. Walaikumsalam warahamatullahi wabarakaatuh Dear Sister Ambreen. I am not a scholar I actually ask a question here too about grey hair a while back but I was told grey hair is a blessing from Allah Alhamdullia hope this helps

  4. I am 31 years of age. Female. My head is entirely silver black and white. I have had this from she of 18. In have died my hair with colour and henna too but all of this has resulted in hair loss for me and patches as my hair becomes weak. If I leave it without dye and take care of it then Allhamdulillah it is healthier. What would u advise on such situation?

    • If your comfortable with the grey or white hair you can countinue with it sister. Or else, naturally you can try out natural henna leaves as I have been trying it. If you feel it more uncomfortable try out some home remedies or hair treatment at it’s pre-mature grey. In’Sha’ALLAH ..
      Allah knows best!!!

  5. hello everyone,

    my name khadija and i am 12 years old and in may i was at a doctors office and my mom looked a my head and said that i have a white hair and not just a hair thats grey or hair white it was a full strand that was WHITE and my mom told me it was a blessing so i pulled it out because i thought it was bad but then earlier today i was combing my hair and found a half strand like it was turning that hair white and i don’t know if i should keep it as a reminder or like throw it away because it seems really cool

    • Brother, try natural way of cover ing it using Henna. And I have come through many young boys with white, who never cared of it and grey hair never became a barrier in their life. In’sha’Allah go for the right one. Jazakallah Khairun.

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