Looking at one’s spouse after death

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Q: I want to know can spouses touch, see each other or perform Ghusal after death of any one of them, as I have heard that as soon as one of them die Nikkah gets canceled and no one can touch or see dead body of other partner?


A: They can see the face of each other and the wife may also touch the husband. But the husband should abstain from touching the wife as far as possible. 

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

ويمنع زوجها من غسلها ومسها لا من النظر إليها على الأصح وهي لا تمنع من ذلك (تنوير الأبصار 1/633)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Motala

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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