Removing nail polish and hair extensions from the deceased

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Q: If the deceased has nail polish on their nails, should the person giving the ghusal remove the nail polish? Similarly, If the deceased has hair extensions (human or nonhuman) attached to their hair, should the person giving the ghusal remove them?


A: The ghusal can only be valid if the water reaches all the areas of the body. If water does not reach the nails because of the polish, the ghusal will be incomplete. If the ghusal is not complete, the Janaazah Salaah will not be valid. Hence, nail polish remover should be used to remove the nail polish. The hair extensions should be removed.

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

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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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