It is said that the sanctity of a place/ house is lost, (i.e. the place becomes unclean), when a child is born or a death occurs in a house. People wait for forty (40) days, in order to perform happy activities etc. In case of death, the house is white-washed, and then afterwards happy activities are performed. Is this valid? And what about a new born child brought home after delivery from hospital? Or a dead-body brought home from hospital? Is the sanctity of the place is lost then too? Please enlighten about this doubts.

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.org

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 888/746/H=06/1435)

(1) It is un-Islamic custom to wait for forty days and whitewash the house. It is wajib to give it up.
(2) By taking the newborn baby from the hospital or the dead body the purity of a place is not affected; however if a place is smeared with impurity then the place shall be impure.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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