Fatwa: # 23578
Category: Misc. Fiqh
Country: Pakistan
Date: 14th June 2020


Is it permissible to pluck grey hair?


Is it permissible islamically to pluck ones grey hair in beard?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is disliked to pluck one’s grey or white hair.[1] Nabī Sallallāhu Alaihi Wa Sallam has stated:

لَا تَنْتِفُوا الشَّيْبَ، مَا مِنْ مُسْلِمٍ يَشِيبُ شَيْبَةً فِي الْإِسْلَامِ - قَالَ عَنْ سُفْيَانَ: «إِلَّا كَانَتْ لَهُ نُورًا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ» (سنن أبي داود، باب: في نتف الشيب)

Do not pluck white hair. Whichever Muslim grows white hair in Islām, it will be Nūr (celestial light) for him on the Day of Judgment. (Sunan Abī Dāwūd)

However, if a young person has grey or white hair, it is permissible to pluck such hair as white and grey hair before its time is a defect. It is permissible to remove a defect.[2]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Abdul Azīm bin Abdur Rahman,
Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



[1]  (قوله ولا بأس بنتف الشيب) الظاهر حمله علي القليل والتعبير بلا بأس يفيد أن الأولي تركه لما أنه نور ووقار كما ورد (حاشية الطحطاوي علي الدر، ج 4، ص 203)

(قَوْلُهُ وَلَا بَأْسَ بِنَتْفِ الشَّيْبِ) قَيَّدَهُ فِي الْبَزَّازِيَّةِ بِأَنْ لَا يَكُونَ عَلَى وَجْهِ التَّزَيُّنِ. (رد المحتار، ج 6، ص 407، سعيد)

نَتْفُ الشَّيْبِ مَكْرُوهٌ لِلتَّزْيِينِ لَا لِتَرْهِيبِ الْعَدُوِّ كَذَا نُقِلَ عن الْإِمَامِ كَذَا في جَوَاهِرِ الْأَخْلَاطِيِّ (الهندية، ج 5، ص 359، مكتبه رشيدية) 

[2]  أحسن الفتاوي، ج 8، ص 183، سعيد

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