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Can males put surma kohl.

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Dear brother, please tell us about Kohl (Surmah), the black powder that we put in eyes, it is used by males also, much more common in south Asia.

Some people say it is Masnoon while some say that they have not read about it anywhere in Ahadeeth, please tell us in the light of authentic Islamic Literature.


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Can males put surma kohl

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There is a narration where Hadrat Anas ibn Malik (r.a.) said that he applied ‘kohl’ on his eyes. The scholars and jurists are unanimous in their opinion that it is permissible for both the males and the females to apply ‘kohl’, if they wish to do so.


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