Fatwa ID: 05519
Answered by: Mufti Belaal Ahmed
Is there any issue with a female non-Muslim nurse touching the dead body of a Muslim male?
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
In regards to the question asked just as it is better that a male doctor/nurse treats [i] a Muslim male patient when alive it is better that a male doctor/nurse touches the body after passing away.
However if for some reason you cannot find a male doctor/or nurse who is able to fulfil this duty is not available then only out of need (where necessary) this will be permissible under the following fiqhi ruling ;
Necessity allows prohibition [ii]
Only Allah knows best
Written by Mufti Belaal Ahmed
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham
[i] Raddul Muhtar vol 9 pg.533
[ii] Al Qawaid ul Fiqhiyyah pg.43