Can Husband Look At Dead Wife Face

Can husband look at wifes face?
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One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Aslaam brother, i have a question to ask from a friend, if a mans wife dies while her husband is with her, if after the body has been washed and wrapped is the husband able to look at his dead wifes face before the body is buried, and will the nikkah be broken as soon as the woman dies.

I would be grateful for your answer and hope that you can reply to it as soon as possible thank you.

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The majority of scholars in Islam consider it permissible in light of the narration by Ad-Daraqutni and Al-Baihaqi, that Hadrat Ali (r.a.) washed the body of Hadrat Fatimah (r.a.) on her death. This is also supported by a hadith that the Prophet (saws) said to his wife Hadrat Aishah (r.a.): "If you die before me, I will myself wash you and enshroud you." Ibn Majahrecorded this hadith.

There is absolutely no restriction if the husband wishes to see the face of his deceased wife before her burial. It is an absolute misconception that the nikaah is broken as soon as the woman dies; the death of the woman has absolutely no bearings on the validity of her nikaah to her husband.

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