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.