Book Name:Shan e Usman e Ghani

Putting kohl: 4 Madani pearls

1.         In Sunan Ibn Majah, there is a narration that, ‘The best kohl (Surmah) among all is Ismid as it strengthens the eyesight and grows the eyelashes.’ (Sunan Ibn-e-Majah, p. 115 vol. 4, Hadees 3497)

2.         Kohl powder made from other stones can also be used. It is, however, Makruh (disliked) for a man to use black kohl with the intention of makeup but if that is not the intention, it is not Makruh.

(Fatawa ‘Alamgiri, pp. 359, vol. 5)

3.         It is Sunnah to use antimony (kohl/Surmah) before sleeping.

(Mira-tul Manajih, p. 180, vol. 6)

4.         Here is the summary of the three narrated methods of using kohl.

Ü  Apply thrice to each eye (put the kohl applier in the kohl bottle each time for a new application).

Ü  Apply thrice in the right eye and twice in the left.

Ü  Apply twice to each eye and on the last application, enter the applier into the container then use that same applier to equally put it in both eyes. (Shu’abul Īman, pp. 218-219 vol. 5)


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