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Is applying surma in eyes a sunnah?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

We begin with Allah’s blessed name, we praise him and we glorify him, seek his forgiveness and ask him to guide us. Whoever Allah guides, None can lead astray and whoever he misguides, None can guide. There is no power and no strength except from Allah, The most high, the Most great, the most powerful. We bear witness that there is no one worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers. We pray for peace and blessings on all the noble messengers and in particular on the last of them all “the blessed prophet Mohammad (pbuh)”

Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: That the Prophet (pbuh) said: "Use Ithmid for Kohl, for it clears the vision and grows the hair (eye-lashes)." And he claimed that the Prophet (pbuh)) had a Kohl holder with which he would apply Kohl every night, three in this (eye) and three in this. at-Tirmidhi [Book 24, Hadith 39 / Vol. 3, Book 22, Hadith 1757]

It was narrated from Ibn 'Abbas that: The Messenger of Allah [SAW] said: "One of the best kinds of kohl that you use is Ithmid (antimony); it brightens the vision and makes the hair (eye-lashes) grow." (Hasan) Sunan an-Nasai [5113 / The Book of Adornment Book 48, Hadith 74]

It was narrated that Ibn 'Abbas said: "The Prophet (pbuh) had a kohl container from which he would apply kohl three times, to each eye." Da'if (Darussalam) Ibn majah [Vol. 1, Book 31, Hadith 3499]

Thus it is indeed sunnah of our beloved prophet(pbuh) to apply kohl or 'surma' in ones eyes. And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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