رَبِّ ابْنِ لِى عِندَكَ بَيْتاً فِى الْجَنَّةِ
'My Lord! Build for me a home with You in Jannaah'
(At-Tahreem 66:11)


Friday, May 24, 2013

5 Impermissible Things For A Woman In 'Iddah

After The Death of Her Husband - Sheikh Saleh al Fawzan ( حفظه الله)

Five things are NOT permissible for the woman who is in 'Iddah after the death of her husband. This is known as Ihdaad (mourning). 
 
1. All types of perfume: She should NOT apply perfume to her body or clothes or use anything that is perfumed. This is by the statement of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) in a saheeh hadeeth, "She should not touch perfume."
 
2. Beautification of her body: It is prohibited for her to dye her hands and feet with henna and all types of beautification, such as kohl (eyeliner) and different types of skin dye, unless she is forced to use kohl; for medicinal purposes and not beautification in which case she is allowed to use it at night and remove it during the day. There is no harm if she uses medicine for her eyes that contains no beatification.

3. Beautification with clothes designed to beautify: She should wear plain clothes that do not contain beautification although there is no set color for her to wear as is set by local custom (black for example). 
 
4. Wearing jewelry of any type, even rings.
 
5. Sleeping anywhere other than the home in which her husband died and left her residing in it. And she can't move anywhere else unless she has a reason that is valid Islaamically, and she should not leave to visit the sick, or to visit a friend, or relative. It is permissible for her to leave during the day for absolutely essential requirements.
Nothing else, apart from these five things is prohibited from the things that Allaah has made permissible for her. 
 
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (رحمه الله تعالى) stated in Al Hady An Nabawi 5/507: 
"She is not prohibited from cutting her nails, and plucking the hair from her armpits and cutting the hair which is preferred to be cut, nor from bathing with lotus leaves and combing her hair with it."

 Ibn Taymiyyah (رحمه الله تعالى) said, 
"It is permissible for her to eat anything that Allaah has made permissible, like fruit and meat and also any drink that is permissible. She is not prohibited from doing any kind of work that is permissible, for example; embroidery, sewing, spinning, and other things which women do. All things which are normally permissible for her outside the 'Iddah period are allowable for her, for example; speaking to those she has a need to speak to among men, if she is covered, and other things. This point that I have mentioned is the Sunnah of Rasoolullaah   which the Sahaabiyaat used to do when their husbands died." 
(Majmu'l Fataawa 34:27-28)
 
Shaykh Fawzaan (حفظه الله) said, "What the lay people say, that she should cover her face from the moon, and not climb the roof of her house, and not talk to men, and that she should shield her face in front of her mahram, and similar things, none of these have any proof, Allaahu Aa'lam."
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References:
Rulings Pertaining To Muslim Women
By Shaykh Fawzaan pages. 130-132
 





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