Who should be present when giving ghusal to the deceased?

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Q: When performing ghusal for the deceased, who should be present? At times people come in as spectators.


A: It is best that the family of the deceased take part in the ghusal. However, if for some reason they are not present or they require assistance from others, then others may assist in carrying out the ghusal. If the family of the deceased does not approve of people other than those taking part in the ghusal being present, then they should be politely informed that they should not be present.

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

قال الشامي : ( خاتمة ) … والأولى كونه أقرب الناس إليه فإن لم يحسن الغسل فأهل الأمانة والورع  (رد المحتار 2/202)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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