بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم
▪️Are men allowed to use Kohl (eyeliner)?▪️
Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:
The questioner says: Is it permissible for a man to adorn themselves by applying Kohl?
Applying Kohl is permissible for both men and women alike.
The Prophet ﷺ said:
((إن خير أكحالكم الإثمد وإنه ينبت الشعر ويجلوا البصر))
“The best of your kohl is Ithmid (antimony), for it makes the hair grow and makes the vision clear.”
[Narrated by Ibn ‘Abbas, and reported by Ahmad in his Musnad with a fair (Hassan) chain]
So Kohl should be applied to attain the benefit mentioned by the Prophet ﷺ in this Hadeeth – not only to look good. But if someone applies it simply to look good, we can’t say it’s impermissible; because kohl is permissible for men and women alike.
Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba Alawi
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