REVIVE A SUNNAH – DYEING GREY HAIRS WITH HENNA & KATAM


It was reported that ‘Uthmaan ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Wahb said: we entered upon Umm Salamah (may Allaah be pleased with her) & she brought out a lock of hair of the Messenger of Allaah (peace & blessings of Allaah be upon him) to show us, & it was dyed red. al-Bukhaari, 5558. Ibn Maajah (3623) & Ahmad (25995) added: “… with henna & katam.”]

The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best things to use to change grey hair are henna and katam.” [al-Tirmidhi, 1753; Abu Dawood, 4205; Ibn Maajah, 3622). Al-Tirmidhi said: the hadeeth is hasan saheeh). Abu Bakr (may Allaah be pleased with him) dyed his hair with henna and katam. (Muslim, 2341].

Note:
Katam is a plant from Yemen which produces a reddish-black dye.
Henna produces a red dye, so when they are used together as a dye, they produce a colour that is between black and red. Fath al-Baari, 10/355.

Did the Sahaabah use katam? Yes, they did that and so did the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

Ibn al-Qayyim said: “What is prohibited is making the hair pure black, but if something else is added to henna, such as katam etc., there is nothing wrong with that. Katam and henna make the hair a colour between red and black, unlike wasmah (woad leaves) which make the hair black as coal. This is saheeh. [Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/336.

Posted on February 7, 2012, in Revive a Sunnah and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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