In Ibn Hajar Haytami's list of "enormities", item 111 is:

Dying the beard or hair black for other than jihad or the like.

(Also mentioned at Islam Q&A.)

Question: Does dying one's beard or hair black play a role in jihad?

I'm not sure how reliable this enormity is. The answers to Can I dye my beard or hair black? don't list jihad as an exception to the ruling against dying one's hair and/or beard black.

  • I think dying is recommended because it's appealing to women and also it makes men look more formidable during wars
    – Thaqalain
    Mar 17 '17 at 13:15

As the islamqa article mentions: Dying hair pure black is Makruh(disliked) and not haram(forbidden) according to the Hanafis, Malikis and Hanbalis. The Shafis differ about it, with Nawawi considering it haram and Gazali considering it makruh.

The part about it being allowed in war is explained here. Its permissible as a stratagem of war, in order to give the impression that the soldiers of the Muslim army are all in their prime youth. Its similar to the permissibly of silk in a warrior's armor [Hidayah p597], [Nawawi's Minhaj al Talibin p64].

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