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Is applying henna (a plant that produces a reddish-orange dye) to the hands and feet - like some people do - permissible without an excuse? Please enlighten us, and may Allah reward you.
Dying the hair, hands or feet with henna is permissible for women, for it involves adornment and beautification which they enjoy.However, it is not permissible for men to dye with henna, for this involves imitating women, which the Prophet (peace be upon him) forbade. On the other hand, men are permitted to use henna for treating some diseases if it is beneficial. It is also permissible for men and women to dye their grey hair with henna, but not with a black dye, for it is prohibited.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.