Daily Archives: May 10, 2011

Mourning the Dead Husband (Hadith No. 310)

Salam,
Bismillah.

Hadith no. 308 is a repeat. Read it here. Hadith no. 309 is also a repeat. Read it here.

Today’s Hadith lays out the rulings for a woman who just lost her husband (widow).

Volume 1, Book 6, Number 310:

Narrated Um-‘Atiya:

We were forbidden to mourn for a dead person for more than three days except in the case of a husband for whom mourning was allowed for four months and ten days. (During that time) we were not allowed to put kohl (Antimony eye powder) in our eyes or to use perfumes or to put on colored clothes except a dress made of ‘Asb (a kind of Yemen cloth, very coarse and rough). We were allowed very light perfumes at the time of taking a bath after menses and also we were forbidden to go with the funeral procession .

  1.  Widow mourns for 4 months and 10 days.
  2. No make-up/perfume/colored clothes i.e. any kind of zeenat (beautification).
  3. No funeral procession i.e. no getting out of the house unless necessary.
  4. Even while taking a bath, use of light perfumed products (soap, shampoo, gel etc.)
It’s pretty clear, I suppose. :)
Wassalam.
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