How should a person who drowned or burnt to death be given ghusal?

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1. If a mayyit is burnt completely, how do you perform ghusal?

2. In cases where it is difficult e.g. advanced stages of decomposition, drowning recovered after many days where the flesh and skin is coming apart, how do you perform the ghusal?



1. If it is possible to give the ghusal, then ghusal will be given. However, if there is fear that through giving the Shar’ee ghusal and rubbing the body, the body will begin to fragment and break up into pieces, then water should be poured on the entire body gently without rubbing it or washing it. This will suffice for the ghusal.

2. As above.

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

والمنتفخ الذي تعذر مسه يصب عليه الماء (مراقي الفلاح ص569)

ولوكان الميت متفسخا يتعذر مسحه كفى صب الماء عليه كذا في التتارخانية ناقلا عن العتابية (الفتاوى الهندية 1/158)

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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