Removing artificial objects attached to the body of the deceased
Fatwa No: 126218

Question

Assalamualikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu.If the decesed have any artifical thing attached in his body eg:teeth,rod in a leg ,lences etc.Is it compulsory to remove it off before burrying the deceased or not?Allah Hafiz

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.

 

If a person dies while wearing accessories such as rings and bracelets, they should be removed from his body, for leaving them on his body means loss of property which has become the right of heirs after his death. Neither harm nor humiliation would be inflicted upon the deceased by removing those things, unlike those mentioned in the question, for removing them causes harm to him. Therefore, it is impermissible to remove them from his body.

The Hanbali scholar Al-Mardaawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him quoted that ibn ‘Aqeel  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in “Al-Fusool”: “Similarly, if he sees that he (another person) needs to tighten his teeth with gold, and he gives him a thread of gold, or (that he needs) a nose of gold and he gives it to him to tighten it, after which he dies, it is impermissible to remove it from his body and take it back, for this is a kind of mutilation.

Allaah Knows best.

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