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Why burial shroud is white

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Dear Brother, i would like to ask you the reason behind the white colour of burial shroud with reference to the QURAN and Hadiths. While the kafan colour for Hussain(r.a.) and Hasan(r.a) was kept red and green.


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Why burial shroud is white

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It is considered permissible in Shariah for the believers to enshroud their deceased in any color, but it is the preferred Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) to enshroud the dead in a white burial cloth; as the color white is the best loved color by Allah Subhanah.


Narrated Ibn Abbas that the Prophet (saws) said: "Wear white clothes, for these are your best clothes, and enshroud your dead in them."

Related by Ahmad, Abu Daw'ud, and Tirmidhi


Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4382 Narrated by Abud Darda'

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "The best thing in which to visit Allah in your graves and in your mosques is in white."


Your Statement: ….While the kafan colour for Hussain(r.a.) and Hasan(r.a) was kept red and green.

It is recorded in authentic narrations that the burial shroud of the Messenger of Allah (saws) was white.


To the best of our knowledge we have not come across any authentic narration which states that the burial shroud of Hadrat Hasan (r.a.) and Hadrat Hussein (r.a.) was red or green; but if indeed it was a color other than white, there is absolutely no harm. And Allah Alone Knows Best.


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