Opening the face of the deceased in the graveyard

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Q: A few minutes before the scheduled time of Janazah Salaah at the cemetery, the face of the deceased male is opened. A line is formed and people file past to see the face one last time. Is this permissible or not?


A: This is not a sunnat practice.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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