A Man Washing His Wife’s Deceased Body for Janazah

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Assalamu Alikum Sheikh,

If husband is Ghair Mahram [i.e. here a marriageable mahram] to his wife how can the husband perform the ritual bath (ghusl) to his dead wife, will it not nullify the wudhu of the deceased wife?


From: Columbo, Sri Lanka


Wa’alaykum Salam wa Rahmatullah,

It is permissible for a husband to perform the ghusl/bath of his dead wife. [Nihayat Al-Muhtaj ila Sharhil Minhaj Vol. 2 page 449 of Shams-ud-din Muhammad ibn Abil – ‘Abbas, also Al-Majmu’ of Imam An-Nawawi Vol 6 page 200, and elsewhere.]

Regarding the wudu’ of the deceased wife, then it will not be nullified, and therefore it will remain valid. [Rawdat At Talibin Vol. 2 page 102 of An-Nawawi].

Allah Knows Best!

Shafi’i Fiqh Fatwa Dept.


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