Seeing a persons deceased’s face

Fatwa ID: 03010

Answered by: Maulana Imran Mughal

Question:

Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah

What is the point of seeing the dead body's face? 

Can one see it or not? if someone can see who can? Answer plz with dalaail.

                                                                                   

Answer:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

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

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

  1. The Shariah has not stipulated a ruling regarding seeing or not seeing the face of the deceased person before lowering them into their grave, and therefore, there is no ruling against it nor for it.

    The main reason why individuals do look upon the faces of the deceased is out of love for them and to catch the last glimpse of them before they are completely buried.

    However, it would be considered inappropriate to waste an extravagant amount of time in order for everyone to see the deceased’s face. If the immediate family wanted to do that for themselves there is no harm in doing so as long as the burial process is not delayed further for no reason.

     

​Only Allah SWT alone knows best.

Written by Maulana Imran Mughal

Check and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

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