Ruling on one attending the washing of his deceased mother-in-law
Fatwa No: 110115

  • Fatwa Date:20-1-2014 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 19, 1435
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Question

Is it permissible for a husband to attend the washing of the dead body of his mother-in-law?

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.

Anything which causes a man to see the ‘Awrah (i.e. parts of a woman’s body that should be covered), regardless of being a Mahram to him is unlawful. So it is impermissible for a man to attend the washing of the dead body of his Mahram in such a way as to enable him to see her ‘Awrah, whether she is his mother-in-law or any of his prohibited consanguinities. According to scholars, the dead woman should be washed by women or her husband. But, if there is neither a husband nor any woman, her Mahrams should then wash her dead body while screening it and putting a piece of cloth over the hand of the washer in order not to sense the softness of her body.

Allaah Knows best.

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