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Why has black hair dye been singled out? I find it confusing because I read in a fatwa that people should not dye their gray hair black to deceive people.

That is really confusing because it is possible for a blonde person to deceive others by dyeing his/her gray hair blonde, it is possible for a brunette to deceive people by dyeing his/her gray hair brunette, and it is possible for a black haired person to deceive people by dyeing his/her gray hair black, blonde, brunette, blue, yellow, red etc etc.

So my question is, why has black been singled out as the only dye not to be used? Before people start saying that you shouldn't use any dye to deceive people of your age, yes I understand that, but that doesn't explain why black has been singled out.

And before people ask, no I don't have black hair.

Here are a few fatwas about black hair dye:
I can post many many many more links, but I will leave it at 2 for now.

And here is a fatwa extract which includes a hadith:

Secondly: changing grey hair by dyeing it black is haraam. This is the opinion of the majority of scholars, who forbid it completely, because of the hadeeth of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), when he saw Abu Quhaafah. Jaabir said: the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him_ said, when he saw his head looking as white as the thaghaamah plant, “Change this…” (Narrated by Muslim, 2102).

And the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: There are people who dye their hair black like the crops of pigeons; they will never smell the fragrance of Paradise.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood, 4212; al-Nasaa’i, 5075).

Source of extract:

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Please edit your question and add some references (the told fatwa for example) – cyberhicham Feb 1 '13 at 14:13
It might just be forbidden with intent to deceive. Most people during the Prophet's time were likely black-haired, hence the prohibition on black dye despite the reasoning given. The fatwas you've linked also mentions conflicting opinions on the matter. – Muz Aug 27 '13 at 7:12

I do not know about the part of deceiving people by dying your hair, but it is ok to dye your hair because the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him) said:

إن اليهود والنصارى لا يصبغون، فخالفوهم

Jews and Christians do not dye their hair, so act differently from them


Abu Qubafa was led (to the andience of the Holy Prophet) on the day of the Conquest of Mecca and his head and beard were white like hyssop, whereupon Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Change it with something but avoid black

Furthermore scholars have differed as to it's ruling, It has been said it is haram, others like the Malikiyah said it is Makrooh. But Annawawi said that the ruling as to it being Haram is the correct ruling. For the Prophet said:

يَكُونُ قَوْمٌ يَخْضِبُونَ فِي آخِرِ الزَّمَانِ بِالسَّوَادِ كَحَوَاصِلِ الْحَمَامِ لاَ يَرِيحُونَ رَائِحَةَ الْجَنَّةِ

At the end of time there will be people who will use this black dye like the crops of doves who will not experience the fragrance of Paradise

Furthermore it is ok to dye the hair with dark, close to black but not really black, like dark red. Some scholars have said that the reason for avoiding dying hair in black is so that those who have white hair (شيب) avoid jealousy and arrogance. Also the reason is to not be like the disbelievers, Source.

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The comment of @Muz should be the answer to your question. During day-to-day conversation the sentences are spoken keeping in mind the direct addressees. It is not expected from the speaker to formulate a statement that handles all cases. It is expected from the audience to understand such sentences according to the rules of language not those of formal logic.

It implies that whosoever dyes his/her hair with the intention of deceiving others is doing wrong no matter what the colour is. Furthermore, if your intention is not to deceive then you can also dye it black.

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