Placing the hands of the deceased by either side of him

Reference: Fataawa li Ahlil-Mayyit – Question 6, Page 10
Liqaa. al-Baab al-Maftooh – Volume 4, Page 11

Question: After washing the deceased, those responsible [for washing] place the right hand over the left as in prayer when they shroud him. Is this act correct?

Response: This act is not legislated, rather the hands of the deceased should be placed by either side of him.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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