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Chapter 154
ﻩوﺮﻜﻣ ﻦﻣ ﺖﻴﻤﻟا ﻲﻓ ىﺮﻳ ﺎﻤﻋ ﻒﻜﻟا بﺎﺑ
Prohibition of Disclosing the Physical defects of the Deceased
لﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮﺳر ﱠنَأ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮﺳر ﻰﻟْﻮﻣ ﻢﻠْﺳَأ ٍﻊﻓار ﻲﺑَأ ﻦﻋ
َﻢَﺘَﻜَﻓ ًﺎﺘﱢﻴﻣ ﻞﱠﺴَﻏ ْﻦَﻣ
ًةﱠﺮﻣ َﻦﻴِﻌﺑْرَأ ﻪﻟ ُﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﺮَﻔَﻏ ، ﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ
لﺎﻗو ﻢآﺎﺤﻟا ﻩاور
ﻢﻠﺴﻣ طﺮﺷ ﻰﻠﻋ ﺢﻴﺤﺻ
Abu Rafi` Aslam (May Allah be pleased with him), the freed slave of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH)
reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,
"He who washes a dead body and conceals what he notices of
physical defects, he will be forgiven forty times.''
If during washing a man's dead body, the washer has noticed some physical defect or some sort of
deformation in it, he should avoid disclosing it to others so that a bad name may not come to the departed soul. Yet,
the deformity in his body may have come as a Divine vengeance for the sinful and heretic life led by him in this
world. In this case, there will be room for such a disclosure. Because on being dreaded and warned of a horrible end,
people will come to adopt a clean and pure life in accordance with the religious principles.