Saffron was the most beloved dye to the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam.
Fatwa No: 115607

Question

Assalamu alaikum. i saw your fathwa no:82314 in this fathwa you mentioned that safforon clothes are permitted,i want to know that Hadees which in you mentioned that prophet sallallaahu alaihi va sallam wore it. jazakallahu khairan.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

The Prophetic narration which you inquired about is reported by Imaam Ahmad  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him from Ibn ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that he used to dye his clothes with saffron and wipe his skin with it. Then he [Ibn ‘Umar  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him] was asked, ‘Why do you dye this with saffron?" He replied, ‘‘It is because I saw that it was the most beloved dye to the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ); he used to apply it on his skin and dye his clothes with it.’’

Allaah Knows best.

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