The prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “The Jews and the Christians do not dye (their hair) so do the opposite to them” as recorded by Al-Bukhaari, Muslim, Ahmad, Abu Daawood and An-Nasaa’i.

Yet no scholar ever stated that dying hair was obligatory.

Why was it so?

Any command from prophet (saw) is obligatory unless evidences suggest otherwise. So were there any evidence as to why dying hair is not obligatory, can you please quote them?

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    "Yet no scholar ever stated that dying hair was obligatory" this is not 100% true. However even many prominent sahabah didn't do it and therefore it doesn't seem to be regarded as obligatory by default.
    – Medi1Saif
    Apr 9 at 18:04

Assalam o allaikum.

Actually, there are these two hadiths that contradict each other;

Dawud :: Book 34 : Hadith 4210. Narrated Abdullah ibn Mas'ud:

The Prophet of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) disliked ten things: Yellow coloring, meaning khaluq, dyeing grey hair, trailing the lower garment, wearing a gold signet-ring, a woman decking herself before people who are not within the prohibited degrees, throwing dice, using spells except with the Mu'awwidhatan, wearing amulets, withdrawing the penis before the semen is discharged, in the case of a woman who is wife or not a wife, and having intercourse with a woman who is suckling a child; but he did not declare them to be prohibited.

The above one says the Prophet (SAWW) did not like dyeing hair. But according to the below one, this tells us to dye our hair.

Bukhari :: Book 7 :: Volume 72 :: Hadith 786. Narrated Abu Huraira :

The Prophet said, "Jews and Christians do not dye their hair so you should do the opposite of what they do".

By reading these you Hadiths, we may conclude there might be some other context on which the Prophet (SAWW) would be saying this. Rest ALLAH knows the best.

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