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Can a husband perform his deceased wife’s Ghusl?


Nasihah (Advice): Make every day a Day of Eid

Hasan Al-Basri (Rahimahullah), said, “Every day in which Allah is not disobeyed is a day of Eid. And every day the believer spends in obedience, remembrance, and gratitude to Allah is a day of Eid.” (Lata’iful-Ma’arif)


Question and Answer:

  1. Can a man give Ghusl to his wife after she has passed away and can he see her face?

(Question published as received)


  1. According to the Hanafi Madh-hab, it is not permissible for the husband to touch his wife’s bare skin after she has passed away nor is it permissible for him to give her Ghusl. Her Ghusal should be performed by her close female relatives eg, mother, sister, daughter, aunt etc. Or any other pious muslim females. 


However, it is permissible for him to look at her face, carry her shrouded Janaazah and lower her body into the grave. (Ahsanul Fatawa, Vol: 4, Pg: 225, Durrul Mukhtar, Vol: 2, Pg: 198, DF)


 If a man passes away, his ghusal should be performed by his close male relatives eg father, son brother, uncles etc or any pious muslim males. If there no male muslims to bathe him, it will be permissable for his wife to give him the ghusal.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

Mufti Moosa Salie

Jamiat Fatwa Dept

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