Bathing People Who Have Died: Hi all readers! In this article, I will explain the guidelines for bathing people who have died. This is very important for Muslims, both men and women. Why? Of course, because bathing people who have died is not like bathing people who are still alive. There are some rules that must be obeyed.
As usual, before I further explain the guidelines for bathing people who have died, I will quote one hadith that is specifically related to our discussion.
Hadith About Bathing People Who Have Died
The hadith I mean is as follows;
عَنْ أُمِّ عَطِيَّةٍ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ : دَخَلَ عَلَيْنَا النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَ نَحْنُ نَغْسِلُ اِبْنَتَهُ فَقَالَ : اِغْسِلْنَهَا ثَلَاثًا , أَوْ خَمْسًا , أَوْ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ ذَلِكَ , إِنْ رَأَيْتُنَّ ذَلِكَ بِمَاءٍ وَسِدْرٍ وَاجْعَلْنَ فِيْ الْأَخِرَةِ كاَفُوْرًا أَوْ شَيْئًا مِنْ كَافُوْرٍ . فَلَمَّا فَرَغْنَا آذَنَّاهُ فَأَلْقَى إِلَيْنَا حَقْوَهُ فَقَالَ : أَشْعِرِنَّهَا إِيَّاهُ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ
From Ummu ‘Athiyyah radliyallahu ‘anha, she said, “The Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam met us while we were bathing his daughter. He then said, “Wash her up to three times, or five times, or more than that if you think that is good, by using water and ziziphus spina christi leaves. Mix the water with camphor leaves in the last wash, or something that comes from camphor trees. “When we finished bathing him, we told him. He then gave us his sarong and said, “Put it on her body directly.” The hadith was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim.
There are some important things related to the hadith above that we need to know;
One: The hadith explains about the obligation to bathing people who have died.
Two: The hadith explains that water used to bathing people who have died must touch all of their bodies.
Three: The hadith explains that people who have died must be bathed three times, or five times, or seven times, and so on (as long as the numbers are odd), until the person who is bathing is sure, that the person who has died is clean.
Four: The hadith explains the recommendation of using water mixed with ziziphus spina christi leaves to bathing people who have died.
Five: The hadith explains the suggestion of using water mixed with something that comes from camphor trees in the last time when bathing someone who have died.
Six: The hadith explains that it is permissible to use clothes belonging to men to wrap women who have died.
All Readers! That’s an explanation of a brief guide to bathing people who have died. Do you understand? If you want to ask, please ask!
I think that is enough for this article. May be useful!
See you again in the next article!
Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 159-160.