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18 June 2019 CE | 15 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Mourning Period

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “It is not lawful for a lady who believes in Allah and the Last Day, to mourn for more than three days for a dead person, except for her husband, in which case she should neither put kohl in her eyes, nor perfume herself, nor wear dyed clothes, except a garment of Asb.” [Sahih Bukhari]

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has limited the period of mourning to three days. Regardless of who the deceased is, and what one feels in one’s heart of sorrow, one may not leave one’s normal activities for more than three days.

Only for a husband is a wife allowed to mourn for longer. This period of mourning is specified by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) as being four months and ten days long. During this period she should avoid making herself attractive. For this period only, she has been forbidden to apply kohl to her eyes, wear perfume, and use dyed clothes. These are Allah (subhana wa ta’ala)’s commands which He has prescribed out of His wisdom and love for us.

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