What is the origin of the forty-day anniversary?

Question:

What is the origin of the forty-day anniversary?

Answer:

The origin of this is a Pharaonic custom which was practised by the Pharaohs before Islam, then it spread from them to other nations. It is a reprehensible bid’ah which has no basis in Islam, and it is be rejected as the Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever innovates anything in this matter of ours (Islam) which is not a part of it, will have it rejected.” (Sahih – agreed upon).

  • Date: Dhul-Hijjah 24, 1444 AH
  • Source: Majmu’ Fatawa 13/398
  • Mufti: Shaykh Ibn Baz