Should the Deceased’s Braces be Removed?

Fatwa ID: 03725

Answered by: Maulana Mustafa Umar

 

Question


Should braces be removed from a dead person’s teeth before burying him?

 

 بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

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

 

Answer:

Imam Quduri explains: “Neither the hair of the deceased nor his beard is combed. Neither his nails are trimmed nor his hair.”[1] Therefore, besides removing clothes, there is no need to remove something that is stuck to the body and significantly difficult to remove. Braces fall in this category since they are quite difficult to remove and it would be burdensome to have an orthodontist remove the braces. Anything that can be removed with ease should be removed, such as a retainer or dentures.

 

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Mustafa Umar

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 


[1] Mukhtasar Al-Quduri p. 77, Taha Publishers, 2010

 

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