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When is Ghusl & Janazah required for a Mayyit?

Nasihah (Advice): Pre-Islamic and post-Islamic Practices


Abu Buraidah reports, “When a boy was born to one of us in the pre-Islamic period, we sacrificed a sheep and smeared his head with its blood; but when Allah brought Islam, we sacrificed a sheep, shaved his head and smeared his head with saffron.” (Abu Dawood)




Question and Answer:


  1. Slmz, in relation to the fatwa below, what if some of the body parts are not found? Jazakallah


Question and Answer:


  1. A train knocked a Muslim man and all his body parts, head, hands, legs etc. were found in pieces. Is there Ghusl and Janaazah for such a person?


  1. Ghusl and Janaazah Salaah will both be performed for a Muslim who’s body had been disintegrated upon impact if all his body parts are found. In the enquired case, the same ruling would apply. (Shaami 2/199)


(Question published as received)


  1. In respect to the above query, hereunder are three scenarios:
  • If more than half of the body is found, Ghusal and Janaazah will both take place.
  • If less than half of the body was found, Ghusal and Janaazah will not take place.
  • If exactly half of the body was found, Ghusal and Janaazah will take place only if the head had been found as well. (Shaami 2/199)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa



Mufti Ebrahim Desai


(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 



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