Is there such thing as black Henna?

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Is there such thing as black Henna?▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

? Question:

There’s a substance which has become widespread over here referred to as Henna, when applied to white coloured hair it turns it black, so is this permissible or not, because people argue that it’s Henna and not (black) dye?

? Answer:

Consideration is given to the reality of matters (not the names people give it). The Henna that is recognised in the Sharee’ah as well as the Arabic language and customs is one which does not turn hair black. Therefore, this particular Henna must have had other substances added to it which have given it this characteristic of turning white hair black. So it’s not permissible to use it because the prophet ﷺ forbade from dying one’s hair black. Instead, one should use a Henna which has a colour other than black, and consideration should be given to the reality; if it turns hair black, it must be avoided, and if not, there is nothing wrong with using it.


Translated by:

Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba ‘Alawi

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