Wearing black during mourning period

Reference: al-Muqarrab li-Ahkaam al-Janaa.iz – Question 142, Page 122

Question: Is it permissible to wear black clothing when mourning the deceased, particularly if he (the deceased) is the husband?

Response: The wearing of black [clothing] at times of tragedy is a false custom, and one which has no basis [in Islaam]. At times of tragedy, it is befitting for a person to do that which has been legislated [for such times]; So he should say:

«To Allaah we belong and unto Him is our return. O Allaah, recompense me for my affliction and replace it for me with something better.», transmitted by Muslim, No.1525

And if he were to say it with firm belief and content [with what Allaah has decreed], then certainly Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) will reward him for that and compensate him with that which is better.

As for wearing specific clothing, such as black or that which is similar, then indeed there is no basis for this [in Islaam]; It is falsehood and detested.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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