Is a woman in Haidh allowed near a dead body?

Fatwa ID: 02900

Answered by:  Alimah Sabrina al-Faarsiyyah​

 

Question:

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah

Is there anything about a woman in haidh not being near the dead body?

 

   بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

                                

                                 In the name of ALLAH the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Answer:

Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh

 

It is best for menstruating women and those in the state of janābah (impurity after having relations) to refrain from sitting near the person who is soon to pass away.[1]

 

This is due to the hadith of the Prophet (may peace and blessing be upon him): “The angels do not enter such a home in which there is a picture, a dog, or a junūbī (someone in the state of big impurity).”[2] Being in the state of haidh, is also a category of big impurity.

 

After the person has passed away,  the menstruating woman can be in the same room as the deceased if there is a need for her to be there.

 

Only Allāh Ta’ālā knows best

Written by Alimah Sabrina al-Faarsiyyah

Check and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

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[1] Tahtāwī, Hāshiyah at-Tahtāwī ‘Alā Marāqī al-Falāh 1/563, DKI

واختلفوا في إخراج الحائض والنفساء" والجنب "من عنده" وجه الإخراج امتناع حضور الملائكة محلا به حائض أو نفساء كما ورد- قوله: "وجه الإخراج إلخ" إخراجهم على سبيل الأولوية إذا كان عن حضورهم غنى

 

[2] Sunan Abī Dāwūd, 4/72 hadīth 4152, al-Maktabah al-Asriyyah

عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ: «لَا تَدْخُلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ بَيْتًا فِيهِ صُورَةٌ، وَلَا كَلْبٌ، وَلَا جُنُبٌ»

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