Ibn Abi Al-Hawaari said: Al-Awzaai entered once upon Abi Ja’far Al-Mansour.

When he wished to leave, he asked [the Caliph] to excuse him from wearing black, so [the Caliph] accepted.

When Al-Awzaai left, Abu Ja’far told Al-Rabee’:

Follow him and ask him why he asked to be exempt from wearing black? And [make sure] he does not know that it was I that asked you.

So Al-Rabee’ followed him and said: O Abu Amr, I saw you asking Amir Al-Mo’emineen to be excused from wearing black, what is wrong with black?

So Al-Awzaai said:

My nephew, [it is a color] which no [Pilgrim] wore for his Ihraam, neither was the dead ever shrouded in it, nor a bride ever decorated in it, so what benefit will wearing it bring to me?! [1, 2]

Footnote:

[1] The Abbasid Caliphate had taken the black color as one of their signs, banners, and an indication to loyalty for them. Ibn Al-Qayyim (May Allah shower him with Mercy) said in ‘Zaad Al-Ma’aad’ (3/398) under the Chapter of: ‘The Permissibility of wearing Black’, he said:

“And in this story (i.e. the story of the Conquest of Mecca): That he entered Mecca and on him was a Black Turban, thus in it is evidence of the permissibility of wearing black sometimes.

The Caliphs of the Abbasids [however] had taken wearing black as a sign for themselves and for their governors, judges, and preachers. The Messenger of Allah [Blessings of Allah and Peace upon him] however did not take it as an assigned dress (or color), neither was it ever [taken as] his banner during Eids, Fridays, or during grand gatherings. Rather it happened for him to be wearing a Black Turban during the day of the Opening [of Mecca] without it being so for the rest of his companions. Neither was all his dress on that day black, rather his banner [on that day] was white.”

وفي القصة : أنه دخل مكة ، وعليه عمامة سوداء ، ففيه دليل على جواز لبس [ ص: 403 ] السواد أحيانا ، ومن ثم جعل خلفاء بني العباس لبس السواد شعارا لهم ، ولولاتهم ، وقضاتهم ، وخطبائهم ، والنبي – صلى الله عليه وسلم – لم يلبسه لباسا راتبا ، ولا كان شعاره في الأعياد والجمع والمجامع العظام البتة ، وإنما اتفق له لبس العمامة السوداء يوم الفتح دون سائر الصحابة ، ولم يكن سائر لباسه يومئذ السواد ، بل كان لواؤه أبيض .

[2] Tareekh Baghdad by Ibn ‘Asaakir 35/219

قال ابن أبي الحواري: دخل الأوزاعي على ابي جعفر فلما أراد ان ينصرف استعفى من لبس السواد فأجابه فلما خرج الأوزاعي قال أبو جعفر للربيع الحقه فاسأله لم استعفي من لبس السواد ولا يعلم أنى امرتك فلحقه الربيع فقال يا أبا عمرو رأيتك استعفيت أمير المؤمنين من السواد فما بأس بالسواد قال يا ابن أخي لم يحرم فيه محرم قط ولا يكفن فيه ميت قط ولم تزين فيه عروس قط فما أصنع بلبسه

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