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Washing the deceased's body
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Question: When washing the [body of the] deceased, and before shrouding [the deceased's body] the bathers place his right hand over his left upon his torso - like in prayer. Is this act legislated?

Response: This act is not legislated; Instead, [prior to shrouding] the deceased's hands are to be placed by either side of him.

Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
I'laam al-Mu'aasireen bi-Fataawa Ibn 'Uthaymeen - Page 105