Can husband see the face of his wife after death or vice versa?

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can husband see the face of his wife after death or vice versa?

 

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Husband see deceased wife face

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

The majority of scholars consider it permissible, as is shown by a report, narrated by ad-Daraqutni and Al-Baihaqi, that Hadrat Ali (r.a.) washed the body of his deceased wife Hadrat Fatimah (r.a.) upon her death. This is also supported by a hadith that the Prophet (saws) said to 'Aishah: "If you die before me, I will myself wash you and enshroud you." Related by Ibn Maajah.

 

Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 4.31

The jurists are agreed on the permissibility of a wife washing the body of her dead husband.  Hadrat Aishah (r.a.) said: "Had I known then what I know now, I would not have allowed anyone, except his wives, to wash the body of the Prophet (saws)." Related by Ahmad, Abu Daw'ud, and by al-Hakim.

 

Shariah Laws allows and permits the husband to wash the body of his deceased wife in preparation for her funeral, if indeed he wishes to do so (and vice versa); and there is absolutely no restriction in Shariah if the husband (or the wife) wish to see the face of their deceased spouse.

 

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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

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