Ruling on removing bonds from the jaws of the deceased
Fatwa No: 74642

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

A friend of mine entered upon his dead grandfather after he was washed and found that the one who washed him tied the mouth of his grandfather, as is common. However, my friend was unaware of this practice and removed the bond. He is now asking if he is sinful for what he did and if he caused any harm to his grandfather.

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.

It is recommended to tie the jaws of the deceased after the soul departs so that his mouth does not remain open. This recommended principle was legislated as such due to a non-obligatory command or it is that which is deemed rewarded when done but not punished when abandoned.

Therefore, what your friend did is not considered a sin since there is no sin for violating a recommendation. Furthermore, he would be excused due to his ignorance. We only advise your friend to learn the rulings of his religion.

Allaah Knows best.

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