What Muslim Must Do After He Bathed the Dead? Read This!

Islamic Rule Studies: What Muslim Must Do After He Bathed the Dead? ~ Hi all readers! In this article I will explain something that must be done by someone after he bathes and carries a corpse. As Muslims we must know about this, because in fact we cannot escape the obligation to bathe and bury the corpse. Okay! Straight to!

As always, before I speak further about what Muslim must do after he bathed the dead, I will present the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad specifically talking about that. The hadith that I mean is as follows;

عَنْ أَبِيْ هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : مَنْ غَسَلَ مَيْتًا فَلْيَغْتَسِلْ , وَمَنْ حَمَلَهُ فَلْيَتَوَضَّأْ . أَخْرَجَهُ أَحْمَدُ وَالنَّسَائِيُّ وَالتِّرْمِذِيُّ

From Abu Hurairah radliyallahu anhu, he said, “The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, “Whoever has bathed the corpse, let him take a bath, and whoever has carried away the corpse, let him wash it.” The hadith is narrated by Ahmad, Nasa’i, and at-Tirmidhi.


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If we observe the hadith above, we will know some of the things we need to know about the hadith above;

One; Muslim who have bathed a corpse, it is recommended to take a bath.

Two; Muslim who have carried a corpse, he is recommended to perform ablution (wudu).

All readers! Islam advocates the above because basically the body is suspected to be dirty. That we can see when we bathe the corpse. As for the ablution recommendations for people who have carried a corpse, maybe it applies to people who carry him directly. That is, the second hand of the person touches the corpse.

But there are differences of opinion about this. Ahmad said that there is no valid statement in the hadith above. For him, the laws contained in the hadith have been removed by the law in the hadith narrated by al-Baihaqi from Ibn Abbas, that the Prophet Muhammad said;

لَيْسَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِيْ غُسْلِ مَيْتِكُمْ غُسْلٌ إِذَا غَسَّلْتُمُوْهُ . إِنَّ مَيْتَكُمْ يَمُوْتُ طَاهِرًا وَلَيْسَ بِنَجَسٍ . فَحَسْبُكُمْ أَنْ تَغْسِلُوْا أَيْدِيَكُمْ

You don’t have to take a bath if you have bathed someone’s body from you. Surely the corpse of someone of you is holy, not unclean. You just need to wash your hands.

All readers! Here we already know that there are differences of opinion among Islamic law experts about what must be done by someone who has bathed a corpse. Some said that he had to take a shower and some said that he just washed his hands. So, we may choose one of these two opinions and we don’t need to overdo it if we later find out there are people who have different choices about this.

That is a brief explanation of what Muslim must do after he bathed the dead? May be useful!

I think that is enough for this article! See you again in the next article!


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