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Subject: Wearing black cloths in Muharram
Question: Is this obligatory to wear black clothes during Muharram n if we r not wearing so are we getting gunah
Answer: Shia scholars consider it Mustahabb (highly recommended) to wear black clothes during the month of Muharram, fatwa based on respecting the signs of Allah according to the verse {and whoever respects the signs of Allah, this surely is (the outcome) of the piety of hearts.} [22:32].
There are divergent views among the scholars as to whether the month of Muharram is one of the signs of Allah or not.

Abu Abdullah (a) said: The black dress is Makrooh except in three things, shoes, turban and cloak.

Thus, one may not adopt the habit of wearing black clothes from the perspective of mourning for Imam Hussain [as]. Black is considered as a sign to express grief and wearing black solely for the purpose to express ones grief for the murder of the Prophets grandson cannot be equated to the routine wearing trends.

We read in prominent Shia work Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 45 page 70:
Umar bin Ali bin al-Hussain said: When al-Hussain bin Ali (as) was killed, Bani Hashims women used to wear black clothes.

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