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Limit of Abstaining from Adornment in Mourning

Zaynab said, "I heard my mother, Umm Salama, the wife ofthe Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, saythat a woman came to the Messenger of Allah, may Allahbless him and grant him peace, and said, 'Messenger ofAllah! My daughter's husband died, and her eyes aretroubling her, can she put kohl on them?' The Messengerof Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said,'No' two or three times. Then he said, 'It is only fourmonths and ten days. In the Jahiliyya, none of you threwaway the piece of dung until a year had passed.' "

Humayd ibn Nafi said, "I asked Zaynab to explain what'throwing away the piece of dung at the end of a year'meant. Zaynab said, 'In the Jahiliyya when a woman'shusband died, she went into a small tent and dressed inthe worst of clothes. She did not touch perfume oranything until a year had passed. Then she was brought ananimal - a donkey, a sheep, or a bird, and she wouldbreak her idda with it, by rubbing her body against it(taftaddu). Rarely did she break her idda with anything(by rubbing herself against it) but that it died. Thenshe would come out and would be given a piece of dung.She would throw it away and then return to whatever shewished of perfumes or whatever.' "

Malik explained, 'Taftaddu' means to wipe her skin withit in the same way as with a healing charm."