Hazrat Sheikh-ul Hadeeth Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi
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.
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.'
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."
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