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Is henna permitted in Islam?

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Is henna decoration allowed for women?

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Thank you for your question.

Applying henna is permitted in Islam.

The Prophet (peace and blessing upon him) encouraged his followers to apply henna. (See Bukhārī and Muslim)

It should be noted that the Islamic etiquette is that a Muslim woman is to only display her beauty to her husband and maḥrams (non-marriageable relatives).

And Allah knows best.

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
Hadith of the Day Imam
Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute

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