In Islam, the use of henna is “Sunnah,” which is something that Mohammed himself did, making it desirable for Muslims to do also. It has been said that the use of henna is encouraged because it “makes your head lustrous, cleanses your hearts, increases the sexual vigour.” Indeed, henna is a very popular product here in Saudi Arabia. It is also used in healing, applied decoratively to dye/tattoo the skin and nails, and to color leather and cloth. Traditionally a Muslim bride and her guests will have their hands and nails hennaed with intricate designs incorporated with symbols of love and fertility. With Muslim men, bright orange hennaed hair and beards will often indicate that the man is a “Hajji,” that he has made the religious pilgrimmage to Mecca. Henna comes in a range of colors from orange to red to brown to black, but Muslims are not supposed to use black henna – which doesn’t really explain why they would choose bright orange over brown, but they do! Here’s a previous post I did with more henna photos and more information about it.
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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