Question: Assalamu alaikum. During ghusl of the deceased woman, what should be done with the hair? Where should it be placed once platted?
Wa ‘alaykum asslam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh,
I pray you are well.
Her hair should be made into two plaits and placed on her chest, above the qamis, which would then be covered by the khimar. [Shurunbulali, Nur al-Idah]
This is a very virtuous act, and in many communities, there is a need for people to learn the method of washing the deceased due to the rise in the number of deaths. If you have the opportunity to learn the theory and to practically apply it as a service to the Muslim you will find much good in it from Allah.
May Allah bless you with the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.