I heard that it is not permissible for a woman to wear black during her period, because the Ka‘bah is black, and this signals a lack of respect for it. Is this true? Even my husband said to me recently that it is also not permissible to wear black underwear, out of respect for the colour of the Ka‘bah. What is your opinion on this?.
Praise be to Allaah.
There is nothing wrong with a woman wearing black during
her monthly period. This is for two reasons:
The basic principle is that things are permissible and there
is nothing in sharee‘ah to say that a woman cannot wear any particular
colour during her period, whether that is black or any other colour. So it
is essential to adhere to the basic principle.
The fact that the Ka‘bah is covered with black is not a
matter that enjoined, because there is nothing in the Sunnah to that effect.
Rather it is the custom of people at present. If the Holy Ka‘bah were to be
covered in some other appropriate colour, there would be nothing wrong with
that. Black is not a special colour for the Holy Ka‘bah such that it would
form the basis for a ruling that it is not permissible for a menstruating
woman to wear black.
Rather, if we were to assume that the colour of the covering
of the Ka‘bah is something enjoined, that would not in itself indicate that
it is forbidden for a menstruating woman to wear black or that it is
disliked for her to do so.
One should beware of things that are said or spread in
rumours stating that something is haraam or halaal, when there is no basis
for it in sharee‘ah. Allah, may He be exalted, says (interpretation of the
“Say (O Muhammad to these
polytheists): ‘Tell me, what provision Allaah has sent down to you! And you
have made of it lawful and unlawful.’ Say (O Muhammad): ‘Has Allaah
permitted you (to do so), or do you invent a lie against Allaah?’
60. And what think those who invent a lie against Allaah,
on the Day of Resurrection? [i.e. Do they think that they will be forgiven
and excused! Nay, they will have an eternal punishment in the fire of Hell.]
Truly, Allaah is full of bounty to mankind, but most of them are ungrateful”
Al-Haafiz Ibn Katheer (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
Allah denounces the one who forbids what Allah has permitted,
or permits what Allah has forbidden on the basis of mere opinions or whims
and desires, for which there is no evidence. Then He warns them against that
on the Day of Resurrection and says (interpretation of the meaning): “And
what think those who invent a lie against Allaah, on the Day of
Resurrection?” i.e., what do they think will happen to them on the Day
they return to Us, the Day of Resurrection?!
End quote. Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 4/276
And Allah knows best.