Muslim Mourning Period and Memorial Events
Widows are expected to observe a longer mourning period, generally of four months and ten days. During this time, widows are prohibited from interacting with men whom they could potentially marry (known as “na-mahram”). However, this rule may be overlooked in cases of emergency, such as when the widow must see a doctor.
It is acceptable in Islam to express grief over a death. Crying and weeping silently at the time of death, at the funeral, and at the burial are all acceptable forms of expression. However, wailing, shrieking, tearing of clothing, breaking of objects, and expressing a lack of faith in Allah are all prohibited.