At death husband wife become non mehram.
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(Translation: After death husband and wife become non-mehrams to each other. Is it lawful or permissible in Islam for surviving spouse to take a last look at their deceased spouse after their death?)
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At death husband wife become non mehram
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Respected brother in Islam, we assure you in the Blessed Name of Allah Subhanah, that there is absolutely nothing in Shariah Law which even remotely declares that a husband and a wife become non-mehram at the death of their spouse! Not only is it absolutely lawful and permissible in Islam for a surviving spouse to take a last look at their beloved deceased spouse, there is allowance in Shariah for the surviving spouse to even fulfill the rite of the final ghusl of their deceased spouse, if indeed they wish to do so.
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,