Fatwa: # 19685
Category: Funeral
Country: South Africa
Date: 3rd January 2012


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


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


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





 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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