Islamic Teachings for Ghusl-e-Mayyat (Dead body Bath)

July 19, 2016 2:54 pm Published by

The most entitled to Namaz-e-Janaza, is the person who was nominated by the dead body (mayyat) in her/his testament (Wasiyyat), provided it was created. Then father, grandfather and gradually the closest relatives of the mayyat is supposed to do this. The same is for the case of female dead body (mayyat), so the foremost responsibility for the funeral process is one that deceased person has mentioned in her wasiyyat. Then mother, grandmother and ultimately the closest relative of the mayyat.

Mix the leaves of beri (بیری کے پتے) in semi hot water. Take another water-filled bucket and mix suitable amount of Kafoor fragrance (کافور) in it. Now the both buckets are ready for the bath (ghusl) of the dead body (mayyat).

The mayyat should be laid down on the wood board (لکڑی کا تختہ) and his/her private organs

(ستّر کے اعضا) should be covered with some clothes.

Then lift the mayyat up from shoulders and press 2 or 3 times on the tummy of the dead body so   that feces (فضلہ جات ) may get excreted.

Pour the water on the private parts (sattar/ستّر کے اعضا) of the dead body in the way that the person who is giving the ghusl to the mayyat should be wearing the gloves and don’t see towards mayyat while washing this area of the body.

Cleanly wash the private parts (sattar/ستّر کے اعضا) of the dead body in the way that you should not see them and you must wear the gloves. Make sure that all the private parts (from front and back both sides) are completely washed. After this, thoroughly wash the complete area of sattar in such a way that you don’t need to clean it again during the ghusl.

Now the dead body should be performed ablution (wudu/وضو). Remember, this ablution will be exempted from mouth rinse, nose rinse and washing of hands. However gently clean the teeth, gums and nostrils.

Take some cotton and block the holes of nose, ears and mouth with that cotton swabs, this is done to stop water from entering inside the mayyat. After this, clean the hairs of head and beard of the mayyat. Now turn the mayyat to both right and left sides and pour the beri water ( بیری کے پتوں والا پانی ) on sides. Since the private part of the mayyat have already been washed, now cleanly wash the face, arms, underarms, chest, neck, legs, fingers and each remaining part with soap. Water pouring would be odd in number i.e 3 or 5. Now conclude the ghusl by pouring the kaafor water on the whole body and dry the body with some dry cloth or towel. Fragrance should be applied on the forehead, nose, hands, elbows, feet and joints.

Keep in mind, combing or trimming the hairs of beard or head and nail cutting are prohibited.


A Muslim female dead body (mayyat) can only be given ghusl by her husband or some Muslim lady. If the husband can give ghusl to her deceased wife, he will do this solely, no other person must be there. In case the husband can’t do this, no one other is allowed to be there except the ladies who are giving the bath. The procedure for the ghusl for the female mayyat is the same as for the male dead body, only with an addition that the head hairs of the deceased should be grouped in three and set one in right, other on the left and the last on the backside.


According to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ shroud should be worn soon after the ghusl. The shroud must not be

  • Expensive
  • Sewed
  • Having silk stuff in it.

The shroud is comprised of 3 pieces of white clothes, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was buried in three clothes. (Sahih Bukhari 1264, Sahih Muslim 941). However only one cloth is also enough.

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