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Assalam wa aleikum Brother,
I have a question to ask regarding relationship between husband and wife.
Is it haraam for husband to touch/see his wife once she dies, as one of my relative was told not to see his wife after she died by elders?
Please help us in showing the right path in name of Allah in light oh Quran and Hadees, so that we are not in ignorance.
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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.
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.) ibn Abi Taalib 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.
There is absolutely no restriction, and it is permissible and lawful in Shariah for a husband/wife to even wash the body of their deceased spouse, leave alone see or touch it..if indeed they wish or choose to do so!
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