Henna Man


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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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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5 Responses to Henna Man

  1. Umm says:

    There is no such thing as black henna. Natural henna colors range from red to orange, the black you see on some henna designs are black dyes. Dyes are incorporate to line the design before applying henna. Although it is not necessary , some prefer it for that reason or just the look.

  2. eshev says:

    Yes I saw a lot of brothers with the orange hennah beards as well 🙂 Just a clarification though about it being sunnah, in this case as to what I have learned it wasn’t confirmed that the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa salam) actually used henna himself (he did not reach the point of his hair turning grey enough that he would dye it), but rather his close companian Abu Bakr did use henna – and Abu Bakr was always on the sunnah and would have only done so if the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam approved it. So they say it is sunnah in the sense of sunnah being anything which the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam did OR approved of. Allahu Alim… there is a lecture about it here, “The Dying of the Hair of the Prophet” -http://sacredlearning.org/shamail-of-imam-tirmidhi/category

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