Colouring the hair black un-Islamic, says Sunni forum

December 31st, 2008 - 5:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Dec 31 (IANS) A supreme forum of the Sunnis here has issued a fatwa (religious decree) that colouring the hair black is un-Islamic.The Darul Ifta of Deoband issued the fatwa saying, “Applying black colour in hair is unlawful.” The fatwa was issued in response to a question posted at its official website.

The question read: “My brother is 26-year-old. His hair are turning white due to natural factors, please tell whether applying black colour in hair is permissible or not.”

Replying to the question, the Muftis said: “We have been sternly prohibited in Hadith (Prophet’s saying) from doing so (colouring hair). Therefore, it is unlawful.”

A prominent Sunni cleric, Maulana Khalid Rasheed, said: “As colouring of hair amounts to deception, the fatwa has been issued against using the colour.” Rasheed heads Lucknow’s oldest Islamic seminary.

However, Shia clerics have voiced their objections against the fatwa.

Maulana Yasoob Abbas, spokesperson for the All India Shia Personal Law Board, said: “Fatwas must be issued in religious matters and not social.”

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