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What does islam say about the applying of henna by man?

Dear brother I want to know what does Islam say about the applying of henna by men on marriage here in Kashmir, I have heard it is prohibited, but still I have seen a lot of guys dying their hand with henna?


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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Narrated by Aisha (r.a.), Ummul Mu'minin A woman made a sign from behind a curtain to indicate that she had a letter for the Messenger of Allah (saws). The Prophet (saws) closed his hand, saying: 'I do not know this is a man's or a woman's hand.' She said: 'No, a woman.' The Prophet (saws) then said: 'If you were a woman, you would make a difference to your nails (or hands) by applying henna.' ABU-DAWOOD[4154]

Narrated AbuHurayrah: A hermaphrodite (mukhannath) who had dyed his hands and feet with henna was brought to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him). He asked: What is the matter with this man? He was told: Apostle of Allah! he affects women's get-up. So he ordered regarding him and he was banished to an-Naqi'. The people said: Apostle of Allah! should we not kill him? He said: I have been prohibited from killing people who pray. AbuUsamah said: Naqi' is a region near Medina and not a Baqi'. ABU-DAWOOD[BOOK :41, HADITH: 4910]

From the above guidance of our beloved prophet Mohammad (pbuh), the applying of henna on hand or feet is permissible only for women. However in some other narrations it is clear that Muslim men can apply henna to dye their hair.

Narrated AbuDharr: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: The best things with which grey hair are changed are henna and katam. ABU-DAWOOD[BOOK:33, HADITH: 4193]

Ibn Sirin reported: Anas b. Malik was asked whether Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) dyed his hair. He said: He had not become old enough to have white hair. Ibn Idris said that he had a few white hair. Abu Bakr and Umar, however, dyed hair with hina' (henna). SAHIH MUSLIM[BOOK:30, HADITH:5779]

Thus the applying of henna on hand by men on their marriage is against the clear guidance of our beloved prophet (pbuh).The applying of henna on hand or feet is only for women, so if any male believer applies henna on his hand or on feet, is thus taking the similitude of the women and our beloved prophets Mohammad(pbuh) invoke the curse of Allah on those men who assume the manners, dress, etc. of women.

Narrated by Ibn Abbas The Prophet (saws) invoked the curse of Allah on the effeminate men (those men who are in the similitude (or assume the manners, dress, etc. of women), and those women who assume the similitude (or manners, dress, etc. of men). SAHIH AL-BUKHARI[VOL:7, HADITH:774]

Thus The Muslim men should abstain from applying henna on their hands or feet on their marriage or otherwise and should strive to prevent others from doing so. 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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