Washing the deceased’s body

Reference: I’laam al-Mu’aasireen bi-Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Page 105

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.

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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