Ghusl for Deceased Persons with COVID-19

There have been several fataawa in the last few days from various scholars regarding ghusl of those who have died from Covid-19.

Some have said it is permissible with conditions. Others have said that it is exempt due to the dangers associated and the sparsity/ lack of familiarity with personal protective equipment (PPE).

In our professional opinion, the differing views are not necessarily contradictory. Following discussions with Medical specialists, Islamic scholars and the National Burial Council, we have summarised how it is possible to achieve a balance between the normative obligation of ghusl and the safety / logistical issues specific to COVID-19 and what to do when this is not possible.

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