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Seeing the Face of the Dead Person

Name riyaz  –
Title Seeing the Face of the Dead Person
Question Dear Scholar, Assalamu alaykum Is it possible to see the face of a deceased muslim man by a non mahram women ?
Date 8/19/2004
Mufti A Group of Islamic Researchers

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, thank you very much for having confidence in us, and we hope our efforts, which are purely for Allah’s Sake, meet your expectations.

There is nothing wrong, as far as Islam is concerned, in seeing the face of the deceased person before his burial. It makes no difference whether the person who wants to see the face of the dead is a mahram woman, wife or a non-mahram as long as the purpose is the remembrance of death and the last day. The issue should at any rate entail exposing parts of the body beyond the face as the dead body should be respected and honored in the same way as the alive person is respected and honored.

As to exposing the face of the dead after the burial, Sheikh Ibn Baz, the late erudite Saudi scholar, states:

“It should not be uncovered, rather his entire body should be covered, unless he is a muhrim (in ihram for Hajj or ‘Umrah), in which case his face and head should be uncovered.

It is not permissible to uncover the face of the deceased, whether a man or a woman, once he or she has been placed in the grave, rather it must be covered with the shroud, unless the deceased was in ihram, in which case neither the head nor the face should be covered.”

Source:islamonline.net

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