Women are allowed to avoid all forms of beautification as a sign of mourning for their husbands, children or relatives. This does not contradict the recommendations for patience, as long as the mourning does not exceed three days for her child or relative and four months and ten days for her husband. Zaynab bint Abee Salamah reported that when she went to see Zaynab bint Jahsh after her brother died, she asked for some perfume. After wearing it, she said, “I don’t need any perfume, except that I heard the Prophet (PBUH) say: It is not allowable for any woman who believes in Allaah and the Last Day to mourn for the dead for more than three (days), except in the case of her husband, in which case she may do so for four months and ten days.” ahih Al-Bukhari, vol.2, p.207, no.370. Zaynab bint Jahsh was The Prophet’s wife and cousin.