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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

Assalamu Alaikum I need to know if it is
permissible to see the deceased person's face
after the his/her funeral prayers had been
offered, before taking it to the burial. If this
is wrong in islam & one has done so then is
there any kafarah or fidya to offer. Jazak
Allah

Fatwa:
All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.

The correct opinion according to the
evidence from the Sunnah is that it is
permissible to uncover the face of the dead
and kiss him whether after or before the
funeral prayer for him was performed, as it
is confirmed that the Prophet kissed the
face of ‘Uthmaan ibn Math’oon , may Allah be
pleased with him (after his death). [Al-
Bukhari] It is also confirmed that Abu Bakr,
may Allah be pleased with him, kissed the
Prophet after his death.

However, some jurists are of the view
that it is disliked to uncover the face of the
dead person (after his death), because
sickness and death may change the usual nice
features of the person, therefore, if someone
who does not know him sees him, he would
think bad of him.

Nonetheless, the correct opinion which we
adopt here in Islamweb, is the first opinion,
but if the dead is a woman, then uncovering
her face is restricted to her Mahrams if the
one who uncovers her is a man because it is
not permissible for a non-Mahram man to
uncover her face.

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/156976/uncovering-the-face-of-the-dead-and-kissing-him

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