What Is the Ruling of Washing the Deceased?

Washing the Deceased


What is the ruling of washing the deceased (ghusl Al-Mayyitt)?


Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated, “I heard the Prophet (peace be upon him) saying, “Hurry up with the dead body (for its burial), for if it is pious, you are speeding it to goodness and if it is otherwise, you are laying an evil off your necks.” (Agreed Upon)

The majority of scholars are of the view that washing a Muslim who has died is Fard Kifayah (communal duty). It was narrated that Umm `Atiyah said: “One of the daughters of the Prophet (peace be upon him) died, and he sent word to us saying: ‘Wash her with water and lotus leaves, and wash her an odd number of times, three, or five, or seven if you think (that is needed), and put some camphor in it the last time. And when you have finished, inform me.’ When we finished, we finished, we informed him, and he threw his informed him, and he threw his waist-wrap to us and said: ‘Shroud her in it.’ And we combed her hair and put it in three braids, and put it behind her.” (An-Nasa’i)

Responding to this question, Dr. Muhammad Salah explains the etiquettes of dealing with the deceased.


Source: Iqran Youtube Channel.  

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