It is not disliked to leave the deceased alone in the house before the burial
Fatwa No: 10394

Question

An individual died at about 6pm but among his last requests was tonot place him in a refrigerator. So should someone sleep beside him in the room or should we leave him alone?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and messenger.

 

Some scholars disliked leaving the deceased alone in a house. Among them are some Hanbali scholars like Imaam Al-Buhooti  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him who stated that Imaam Al‘aajorri  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him adopted the opinion that it is not approved to leave the deceased who died in the evening alone. Rather, his family should stay with him.

Ibraaheem An-Nakh‘i  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: “Our righteous ancestors did not use to leave the deceased alone, fearing that Satan may play with him.

However, there are no proofs from the Quran or Sunnah supporting this view.

So, if they chose to remain with him, then they are not obliged to do any particular thing.

Allaah Knows best.

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