Category: Funeral
Fatwa#: 19685
Asked Country: South Africa

Answered Date: Jan 03,2012

Title: Is it permissible to display the face of the deceased for public viewing?

Question

Is it permissible to display the face of the deceased for public viewing?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

 

As-salāmu `alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

 

It is permissible to expose the face of a male after salaatul – Janaazah and before the burial process. However, such a practice is discouraged especially when the effects of the Barzagh (eschatological world) become apparent. Such effects should be concealed.[1]

It is not permissible to expose the face of a female after Salaatul – Janaazah.

 

And Allah knows best.

 

Ismail Desai

Student Darul Iftaa

 

Checked and Approved

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

daruliftaa.net

 

 

 



 1 و لا باس بان يرفع ستر الميت ليري وجهه و انها يكره ذلك بعد الدفن.عالمكيرية. 251/5

فتاوي محمودية 271/13

 

 

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