Wife looking at face of deceased husband
Fatwa No: 82505

Question

May the wife look at the face of her deceased husband? In Canada the deceased is taken to Masjid for bath, may the wife go to Masjid to look at the face of her deceased husband?

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.

There is no prohibition in a woman looking at her dead husband's face. The Prophet said to his wife Aisha if you die before me, I will wash you and enshroud you myself.
No doubt, that if it is necessary for one to look at the Awrah and touch it while bathing the deceased then looking at other parts is also permissible. Going to the mosque for that reason is also permissible provided no forbidden act is undertaken such as mourning, lamentation etc.

Allah knows best.

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