Bathing The Corpse in Islam

Washing the Deceased

Bathing a corpse is a “fardu kifaayah”-once some persons have done it, other people are free of the sin of not bathing it. If we remember that day we will be stripped of our clothes, unclad, I think this should make us to be wary of Allah.

Everyone that dies as a Muslim must be bathed. However, if a person dies from being burnt and it is possible to wash him, then he should be washed. But if there is the fear that the body may be damaged or caused to disintegrate by washing, then water should be poured over him; if there is the fear that this may cause the body to disintegrate still, then tayammum should be done if possible.
Ibn Qudaamah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: The one who has been crushed by a fallen wall, the one who has been burned and the one who has drowned should be washed if possible; if there is the fear that washing may cause the body to disintegrate, then water should be poured over them without touching them. If there is still the fear that water may cause the body to disintegrate, then they should not be washed, but tayammum should be done for them if possible, as in the case of a living person who may be harmed by water.
If it is not possible to wash the deceased because there is no water available, then tayammum should be done, and if it is possible to wash some parts and not others, then those parts that can be washed should be washed, and tayammum should be done for the rest, as is the case of the living.
 The GHUSL Procedure (Washing and Shrouding)
When a Muslim dies, it is the responsibility of his family or other Muslims within the local community to wash him according to the Islamic rites of washing the deceased.
 Usually, at least three to four people will be involved with the actual ghusl (washing and shrouding).
The persons who may wash the deceased should include:
1. An adult Muslim, honest and trustworthy person.
2. Be of the same gender as the deceased i.e if the deceased is male, then only males should wash him.
For a child, either males or females may do the ghusl once he/she knows the Islamic way of washing the deceased and be able to carry out the ghusl.
A husband can wash his deceased wife and vice versa. A son can neither wash his mum nor can a daughter wash her dad.
Place of Washing:
The deceased’s body should be washed in a clean, secluded, and private place where clean water and soap are available. Gloves must always be worn when handling and washing the deceased. The body of the deceased should be washed with water and, if available, lotus leaves, or camphor (to be used in the final wash).
The steps of the washing should be done at least three times or any more odd number of times as necessary to cleanse. Always be mindful of infection control and protecting the person performing the Ghusl.
Steps ogf Washing:
Privacy for the deceased is a crucial and important requirement at all times during the ghusl. The body of the deceased should be placed on a table or alike, the deceased’s clothes should be removed, and the body should be covered with a sheet of cloth at all times during the ghusl; the Aura (private parts) of the deceased should be covered with a sheet of cloth (the aura of a male is from the belly button to the knee in the presence of males, for the female, it is the same in the presence of females).
The head and the upper body should be raised slightly to ensure the washing water with exudations from the body flows down and does not run back to the body. Remove any items or objects not already removed like watches, hospital or mortuary ID tags, wound dressings, IV lines, peg tubes, artificial limbs etc. If there is any active bleeding or wound discharge, then that may be padded and dressed.
The washer should start washing by saying: “Bismillah” (In the name of Allah). The washer wears gloves or winds a piece of cloth around his hand, and with this, he cleans away any impurities from the body using water. Then he should dispose of the gloves.
The washer should take another pair of gloves, press lightly the stomach of the deceased so as to expel, if possible, any remnants from it, and then wash the body of all impurities using water. Then he should dispose of the gloves.
The washer should take another pair of gloves and wash the covered private parts, then dispose of the gloves. The washer should perform wudhu (ablution) for the deceased without inserting the water in the nose and in the mouth. He or she may use a piece of wet cotton wool in a small roll to clean the nose and front teeth of the deceased.
The washer should clean the body with water and soap (if available), starting from the head (hair, face and beard in men), then the upper right side of the body, then the left side, after that the lower right side then the lower left.
In the case of a female, her hair should be loosened, washed, combed, and be braided in three braids, and placed behind her back. The washing should be done three times, or five times, or seven times, as needed, providing that after washing the head, wash the right side before the left, and the upper parts before the lower onesin the last wash. The washer may use camphor or some perfume with the water.
After that, the body should be dried with a clean towel then the body should be covered with a clean sheet. The auwra must be kept covered at all times. Get ready to start the shrouding.
Special Note:
In case the deceased is a female in her menstrual period or have childbirth bleeding, padding should be used to prevent blood from leaving the body.
May Allah forgive the Muslims that had died and the living ones.  Whomever Allah makes to live among us, may it be on Islam and whomever He takes his/her life, may it be on “eeman”.
Sheikh Ibrahim Disina
The world of a fool!!!
ﺃﻭﻝ ﻣﺎ ﻳﺴﻘﻂ ﻣﻨﻚ ﻋﻨﺪ ﻣﻮﺗﻚ ﻫﻮ ﺍﺳﻤﻚ ..
The first thing you will forget after death
…your name
ﻟﺬﻟﻚ ﻋﻨﺪﻣﺎ ﺗﻤﻮﺕ ﻳﻘﻮﻟﻮﻥ ﻋﻨﻚ ﺃﻳﻦ ﺍﻟﺠﺜﺔ .. ؟
That’s the reason why when you die they will say: where’s the dead body?
ﻭﻋﻨﺪﻣﺎ ﻳﺮﻳﺪﻭﻥ ﺍﻟﺼﻼﺓ ﻋﻠﻴﻚ ﻳﻘﻮﻟﻮﻥ ﺍﺣﻀﺮﻭﺍ
ﺍﻟﺠﻨﺎﺯﺓ .. ؟
By the time they will pray for you they will say, ” bring the corpse “
ﻭﻻ ﻳﻨﺎﺩﻭﻧﻚ ﺑﺈﺳﻤﻚ
They will not call you by your name
ﻭﻋﻨﺪﻣﺎ ﻳﺸﺮﻋﻮﻥ ﺑﺪﻓﻨﻚ ﻳﻘﻮﻟﻮﻥ ﻗﺮﺑﻮﺍ ﺍﻟﻤﻴﺖ ﻭﻻ
ﻳﻨﺎﺩﻭﻧﻚ ﺑﺎﺳﻤﻚ !.
When they are about to bury you, they will say “bring the dead body”. They won’t call you by your name
ﻓﻼ ﺗﻐﺮﻙ ﻗﺒﻴﻠﺘﻚ ﻭﻻ ﻳﻐﺮﻙ ﻣﻨﺼﺒﻚ ﻭﻻ ﻧﺴﺒﻚ.
Do not let your people, or your tribe or your friends, or your position or even your wealth or your origin get you carried away (to forget where u will return to)  …
ﻓﻤﺎ ﺃﺗﻔﻪ ﻫﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﺪﻧﻴﺎ ﻭﻣﺎ ﺃﻋﻈﻢ ﻣﺎ ﻧﺤﻦ ﻣﻘﺒﻠﻮﻥ
The world is the smallest thing. Where we will return is the biggest.
ﺳﻄﻮﺭ ﻣﻦ ﺫﻫﺐ.
And there are things made of gold.
ﺍﻟﺤﺰﻥ ﻋﻠﻴﻚ ﺳﻴﻜﻮﻥ ﺛﻼﺛﺔ ﺃﻧﻮﺍﻉ؟؟
Three types of sadness for you??
1- ﺍﻟﻨﺎﺱ ﺍﻟﺬﻳﻦ ﻳﻌﺮﻓﻮﻧﻚ
ﺳﻄﺤﻴﺎً ﺳﻴﻘﻮﻟﻮﻥ
1- The people who do not know u very well will say: poor soul (servant of Allah )
-2 ﺃﺻﺪﻗﺎﺅﻙ ﺳﻴﺤﺰﻧﻮﻥ ﺳﺎﻋﺎﺕ ﺃﻭ ﺃﻳﻭﻥ ﺇﻟﻰ  ﻭﺿﺤﻜﻬﻢ
2- Your friends will be in sadness for hours or days and after that, they will go back to their normal life activities.
-3 ﺍﻟﺤﺰﻥ ﺍﻟﻌﻤﻴﻖ ﻓﻲ ﺍﻟﺒﻴﺖ ﺃﻫﻠﻚ ﺃﺳﺒﻮﻉ
ﺃﺳﺒﻮﻋﻴﻦ ﺷﻬﺮ ﺷﻬﺮﻳﻦ ﺃﻭ ﺣﺘﻰ ﺳﻨﺔ ؟؟
-3 There will be extreme sadness in your house but they will also go back to their normal life after a maximum of 1 week or 2 or even up to a year of sadness?
ﻭﻣﻦ ﺛﻢ ﺳﻴﻀﻌﻮﻧﻚ ﻓﻲ ﺃﺭﺷﻴﻒ ﺍﻟﺬﻛﺮﻳﺎﺕ
From there, they will only have memories of you
That’s it
ﺍﻧﺘﻬﺖ ﻗﺼﺘﻚ ﺑﻴﻦ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﺱ
Your story among people has ended???.
ﻭﺑﺪﺃﺕ ﻗﺼﺘﻚ ﻣﻊ ﺍﻟﺤﻘﻴﻘﻴﻪ؟؟؟؟؟
Your actual story will begin after death!!!
ﻭﻫﻲ ﺍﻵﺧﺮﺓ
That’s the Hereafter
ﻟﻘﺪ ﺯﺍﻝ ﻋﻨﻚ؟؟؟
Indeed you have lost the..???
-1 ﺍﻟﺠﻤﺎﻝ
-2 ﻭﺍﻟﻤﺎﻝ
-3 ﻭﺍﻟﺼﺤﺔ
-4 ﻭﺍﻟﻮﻟﺪ
-5 ﻟﻘﺪ ﻓﺎﺭﻗﺖ ﺍﻟﺪﻭﺭ ﻭﺍﻟﻘﺼﻮﺭ
-6 ﻭﺍﻟﺰﻭﺟﺔ ؟؟؟
1. Beauty
2. Wealth
3. Health
4. Children
5. Indeed u have built houses and storey buildings
6. And women???
ﻭﺑﺪﺃﺕ ﺍﻟﺤﻴﺎﺓ ﺍﻟﺤﻘﻴﻘﻴﺔ
You have started an everlasting life (Hellfire or Heaven)
ﻭﺍﻟﺴﺆﺍﻝ ﻫﻨﺎ :
The question here is:
ﻣﺎﺫﺍ ﺃﻋﺪﺩﺕ ﻟﻘﺒﺮﻙ ﻭﺁﺧﺮﺗﻚ؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟
What were you doing so good before u died?????????
ﻫﺬﻩ ﺣﻘﻴﻘﺔ ﺗﺤﺘﺎﺝ ﺍﻟﻰ ﺗﺄﻣﻞ ؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟
This is a truth that needs deep thinking!!!
ﺍﺣﺮﺹ ﻋﻠﻰ ؟؟
Then be careful with??
-1 ﺍﻟﻔﺮﺍﺋﺾ
-2 ﺍﻟﻨﻮﺍﻓﻞ
-3 ﺻﺪﻗﺔ ﺍﻟﺴﺮ
-4 ﻋﻤﻞ ﺻﺎﻟﺢ
-5 ﺻﻼﺓ ﺍﻟﻠﻴﻞ
ﻟﻌﻠﻚ ﺗﻨﺠﻮ
1. Compulsory worship
2. Sunnah
3. Give a hidden charity
4. Night prayer
You might be saved by these acts of worship
ﻟﻮ ﺳﺎﻋﺪﺕ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺗﺬﻛﻴﺮ ﺍﻟﻨﺎﺱ ﺑﻬﺬﻩ ﺍﻟﻤﻘﺎﻟﺔ ﺇﻥ
ﺷﺎﺀ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ
If you could also help other people by spreading this message by the will of Allah:
ﺳﺘﺠﺪ ﺃﺛﺮ ﺗﺬﻛﻴﺮﻙ ﻓﻲ ﻣﻴﺰﺍﻧﻚ ﻳﻮﻡ ﺍﻟﻘﻴﺎﻣﺔ
Insha Allah you will get an immense reward from Allah added to your other good deeds on the day of judgement.
‏( ﻭﺫﻛّﺮ ﻓﺈﻥ ﺍﻟﺬﻛﺮﻯ ﺗﻨﻔﻊُ ﺍﻟﻤﺆﻣﻨﻴﻦ )
(Remind people, indeed if you remind people of good things, then know that a good reminder helps good people.)
ﻟﻤﺎﺫﺍ ﻳﺨﺘﺎﺭ ﺍﻟﻤﻴﺖ
Why does a dead person choose…
“ ﺍﻟﺼﺪﻗﺔ ”
ﻟﻮ ﺭﺟﻊ ﻟﻠﺪﻧﻴﺎ
If asked to be brought back to life?.
ﻛﻤﺎ ﻗﺎﻝ ﺗﻌﺎﻟﻰ
Just like what Allah says:
ﺭﺏ ﻟﻮﻻ ﺃﺧﺮﺗﻨﻲ ﺇﻟﻰ ﺃﺟﻞ ﻗﺮﻳﺐ
Oh Lord, please let me live for some time so that I could give charity.
ﻭﻟﻢ ﻳﻘﻞ :
He did not say give me more time to do:
Umrah or Hajj
Or Sallah
Or even fasting.
ﺍﻭ ﻷﺻﻠﻲ
ﺃﻭ ﻷﺻﻮﻡ
ﻗﺎﻝ ﺍﻟﻌﻠﻤﺎﺀ :
ﻣﺎ ﺫﻛﺮ ﺍﻟﻤﻴﺖ ﺍﻟﺼﺪﻗﺔ ﺇﻻ ﻟﻌﻈﻴﻢ ﻣﺎ ﺭﺃﻯ ﻣﻦ ﺍﺛﺮﻫﺎ
ﺑﻌﺪ ﻣﻮﺕ
Scholars say the dead person did ask for charity only because of its immense reward after death
ﻓﺄﻛﺜﺮﻭﺍ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﺼﺪﻗﺔ
Give a lot more charity
ﻓﺈﻥ ﺍﻟﻤﺆﻣﻦ ﻳﻮﻡ ﺍﻟﻘﻴﺎﻣﺔ ﻓﻲ ﻇﻞ ﺻﺪﻗﺘﻪ
Indeed good Muslim will be under the shadow of charity on the Day of Judgement.
ﻭﺃﻓﻀﻞ ﺻﺪﻗﺔ ﺗﻔﻌﻠﻬﺎ ﺍﻵﻥ ﻫﻲ :
The best charity that you will give from your heart is
ﻧﺸﺮ ﻫﺬﺍ ﺍﻟﻜﻼﻡ ﺑﻨﻴﺔ ﺍﻟﺼﺪﻗﺔ
Spread this message with the intention of charity
ﻷﻥ ﻛﻞ ﻣﻦ ﺳﻴﻄﺒﻖ ﻫﺬﺍ ﺍﻟﻜﻼmﻡ ﻭﻳﻌﻠﻤﻪ ﻟﻸﺟﻴﺎﻝ
ﺍﻟﻘﺎﺩﻣﺔ ﻓﺄﺟﺮﻩ
Because whoever forwards this message the
n his reward will also get to you by the will of Allah.
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