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Limit of Abstaining from Adornment in Mourning

Yahya related to me from Malik from Nafic that Saffiyyabint Abi Ubayd suffered from an eye-complaint while shewas in mourning for her husband, Abdullah ibn Umar. Shedid not apply kohl until her eyes almost had ramas (a drywhite secretion in the corners of the eye).

Malik said, "A woman whose husband has died should anointher eyes with olive oil and sesame oil and the like ofthat since there is no perfume in it."

Malik said, "A woman in mourning for her husband shouldnot put on any jewellery - rings, anklets, or such-like,neither should she dress in any sort of colourful,striped garment unless it is coarse. She should not wearany cloth dyed with anything except black, and she shouldonly dress her hair with things like lotus-tree leaveswhich do not dye the hair."