Are men allowed to use Kohl (eyeliner)?

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:

📩 Question:

The questioner says: Is it permissible for a man to adorn themselves by applying Kohl?

📝 Answer:

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.

Translated by:
Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba Alawi

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