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CHAPTER ON SAYYIDINA RASULULLAH SALLALLAHU ALAYHI WASALLAM USING A DYE

Hazrat Sheikh-ul Hadeeth Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi (R.A.) explains;  

There are many different ahaadith on this subject. From among these Imaam Tirmidhi (Rh) has mentioned four ahaadith in this chapter. Due to the different ahaadith on this subject, the 'ulama - scholars have also differed as to whether Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam dyed their blessed hair or not. Imaam Tirmidhi (rh) and the majority are of the opinion that Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam did not dye their blessed hair. The Hanafis also hold the same view. It is stated in the 'Durri Mukhtaar’ that it is more correct that Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wassalam did not dye their blessed hair. 'Allamah Shaami has reasoned that according to Bukhari and other muhadditheen, Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasalam did not have more than seventeen white hair in his mubaarak - blessed beard and head. Bayjuri As-Shaafi'ee, the commentator on the Shamaa-il Tirmidhi’ is of the opinion that Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam) sometimes dyed their blessed hair but did not do so regularly.

MAS-ALAH: According to the Hanafi 'ulama, dying of the hair is mustahab - recommended but according to a well known saying the using of a black dye is makruh - undesirable. The Shafi'ee 'ulama say that the use of a dye is Sunnah – way of the Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) but the use of black dye is forbidden - haraam
 


(44) Hadith Number 1

Hasrat Abu Rimthah Taymi (Radhiallahu 'Anhu) says: "I attended a gathering of Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam with my son. Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam asked me, 'Is this your son?' I replied: 'Yes, this is my son. You be a witness to it.' Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alahi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam said: 'The revenge of his crime (jinaayah) is not on you, nor is the revenge of your crime (jinaayah) on him.' (This will be explained in the commentary). Abu Rimthah Radhiallahu 'Anhu says: 'At that time I noticed a few blessed hair of Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam were red." Imam Tirmidhi (rh) says: 'This hadith is the most correct and closest on the subject of using a dye.'   


Commentary

It was the custom in the pre-Islamic times (jaahiliyah) that a son was punished for the crimes of his father. On this basis Sayyidina Abu Rimthah (Ra) said this, so that if it would be necessary at any time, Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam would be witness that truly this was his son. Sayyidina Rasullulah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam in refuting this custom of the jaahiliyyah said: 'This is not the law of Islaam that one person commits a crime and another gets punished for it."
 ‘No laden soul can bear another’s load’   (Surah Najm, 53:38)  


(45) Hadith Number 2

Abu Hurairah (Radhiallahu 'Anhu) was asked: "Did Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam use a dye?" (for their blessed hair). He replied: "Yes."  


(46) Hadith Number 3

Jah-dhamah (Radiallahu 'Anha), the wife of Bashir Kha-saasiyyah (Radiallahu 'Anhu) says: "I saw Rasulullah (Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam) coming out of the house after taking a bath and was stroking (or combing) their blessed hair. There were signs of hina on their blessed - mubaarak head."  


(47) Hadith Number 4

Anas Radhiallahu 'Anhu says: "I saw that the hair of Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam had been dyed."  


Commentary

As has been explained there are different narrations on the dying of the hair of Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu 'Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam. There is an apparent contradiction between this narration and the one mentioned in the first hadith of the previous chapter, where Sayyidina Anas Radiyallahu 'Anhu denies Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla lahu ' Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam used a dye. We may take both narrations to be correct, as they could have been narrated at an earlier and a later period.

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The blessed hair of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) 

The narrations confirm that the dyeing of the hair has been viewed as permissible by many of the Ulama. Dyeing of the hair is pleasing to the onlookers and scholars also confirm that yellow colour is also permissible. The blessed hadith have mentioned that Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ ale hi Wasallam) dyed their blessed hair and using a touch of Hina is the practice. On the occasions that the beloved Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) had their blessed head shaved, the hair would not be allowed to touch the ground and instead would be collected by the Sahaabah – companions (Ra). The companions (Ra) kept strands of the blessed hair of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam).  

Honouring Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa'ale hi wasallam
 

The Sunnah of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) has been established here and therefore the Ahl-e-bayt (People belonging to the lineage of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) must collect their hair and nails after trimming and instead of throwing them away, should bury them. The family and descendants of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi Wasallam) have to honour every part of their body as they contain traces of the beloved Prophet (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam).