Saturday 2 August 2014

Eid-ul-Fitr 2014/1435 - Eid Henna

The night Eid was announced my neighbour came round and kindly did everyone's henna.  My other neighbours girls came round to join in the fun.

This is my neighbours daughter:

This is Little Lady:

This is mum-in-law, I think I liked hers best.

These are my very swollen hands.  The good thing about pregnancy making you very hot is that the extra pregnancy heat makes the henna come out very dark.

The boys got in the act too, Little Man had a wasp and his name and Gorgeous had this racing car and his initials which he was very happy with.


  1. ... Gorgeous, who declared it was haram for women to leave the house with make-up.
    Of course, Gorgeous is not an Aalim, so he can't be expected to use the accurate technical words. However, it is makruh, nonetheless.

    لَا تَمْنَعُوا إِمَاءَ اللَّهِ مَسَاجِدَ اللَّهِ، وَلَكِنْ لِيَخْرُجْنَ وَهُنَّ تَفِلَاتٌ
    Allah's Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
    Don't forbid Allah's female servants from going to Allah's masjids. However, they should go out scent-lesss. (tafilaat). (Abu Dawood 565)

    Renowned Hadith-commentator Allamah Aini writes in Sharh Abu Dawood (3/51):
    The (old) jurists consider the command not to forbid women applies only to old women. ... Then there is a report from Aishah رضي الله عهنا :
    لو أدرك رسول الله ما أحدث النساء لمنعهن المسجد
    Had Allah's Prophet seen the new fashions of women, he would have prohibited them from masjid. (Abu Dawud: 569)
    In our times, the fatwa (final verdict) is on the opinion that no woman whether young or old should go out to masjid because debauchery has become prevalent, and sexual sins widespread.

    Even the old jurists (who permitted women's going to masjid) have prescribed many prerequisites for women going out like:
    1. She should not have applied any form of fragrance,
    2. She should not have applied any Zinat (makeup),
    [You are right, Gorgeous!]
    3. She should not be wearing anklets whose jingling can be heard,
    4. She should not be wearing exquisite clothes,
    5. She should not walk in the midst of men,
    6. On the way there should not be people who might be goaded into sin because of her,
    7. There should not be anything or anyone on the road which could cause sin or harm,
    (Allamah Aini's quote ends.)
    Obviously, the details regarding women going out to masjid applies to women going out anywhere outside as well. So, Gorgeous is almost right. If the makeup is visible to the people, going out in such a state is highly detestable.

  2. According to Hanafi jurists, for males whether adults or children, applying henna on hands and feet is not allowed. For women, it is permissible. For medical purposes, all may use henna.

    وَلَا بَأْسَ لِلنِّسَاءِ بِخِضَابِ الْيَدِ وَالرِّجْلِ مَا لَمْ يَكُنْ خِضَابٌ فِيهِ تَمَاثِيلُ وَيُكْرَهُ لِلرِّجَالِ وَالصِّبْيَانِ لِأَنَّ ذَلِكَ تَزَيُّنٌ وَهُوَ مُبَاحٌ لِلنِّسَاءِ دُونَ الرِّجَالِ وَلَا بَأْسَ بِخِضَابِ الرَّأْسِ وَاللِّحْيَةِ بِالْحِنَّاءِ وَالْوَشْمَةِ لِلرِّجَالِ وَالنِّسَاءِ لِأَنَّ ذَلِكَ سَبَبٌ لِزِيَادَةِ الرَّغْبَةِ وَالْمَحَبَّةِ بَيْنَ الزَّوْجَيْنِ. (البحر الرائق: ٨/٢٠٨)
    For a woman there is no sin in dying her hands and feet as long as the dye is not in the shape of an idol.
    For male adults and children, dying them is detestable as it is a kind of adornment which is permissible for women but not for men.
    There is no sin in dying head (both mean and women) and beard (men only) with henna or colour-powder as it increases mutual attraction and love between spouses.
    (Al Bahrur Raiq 8/208)