Dyeing grey hair black

Reference: http://mufti.af.org.sa/ar/content/جنبوه-السواد

Question: I am a young man at the prime of my age, and I work in the medical field where I need to wear a uniform. Most of the hair [on my head] has turned grey, so is it permissible for me to dye it in black? And is the hadeeth:

«avoid [using the colour] black»

…specific to the beard only?

Response: From amongst the scholars are those who prohibit [the use of] black, saying the Sunnah is to change and conceal using henna. And it is not befitting to change grey hair with black, as the the words of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) to Abu Bakr were:

«avoid [using the colour] black»

…as such, these [words] are not specific to him, rather, they are for him and other than him.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.