Al-Kāfi - Volume 3 > Washing a Dead Body
Hadith #1

1ـ عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي عُمَيْرٍ عَنْ حَمَّادٍ عَنِ الْحَلَبِيِّ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيْهِ الْسَّلام) قَالَ إِذَا أَرَدْتَ غُسْلَ الْمَيِّتِ فَاجْعَلْ بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ ثَوْباً يَسْتُرُ عَنْكَ عَوْرَتَهُ إِمَّا قَمِيصٌ وَإِمَّا غَيْرُهُ ثُمَّ تَبْدَأُ بِكَفَّيْهِ وَرَأْسِهِ ثَلاَثَ مَرَّاتٍ بِالسِّدْرِ ثُمَّ سَائِرِ جَسَدِهِ وَابْدَأْ بِشِقِّهِ الأيْمَنِ فَإِذَا أَرَدْتَ أَنْ تَغْسِلَ فَرْجَهُ فَخُذْ خِرْقَةً نَظِيفَةً فَلُفَّهَا عَلَى يَدِكَ الْيُسْرَى ثُمَّ أَدْخِلْ يَدَكَ مِنْ تَحْتِ الثَّوْبِ الَّذِي عَلَى فَرْجِ الْمَيِّتِ فَاغْسِلْهُ مِنْ غَيْرِ أَنْ تَرَى عَوْرَتَهُ فَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ مِنْ غُسْلِهِ بِالسِّدْرِ فَاغْسِلْهُ مَرَّةً أُخْرَى بِمَاءٍ وَكَافُورٍ وَشَيْ‏ءٍ مِنْ حَنُوطِهِ ثُمَّ اغْسِلْهُ بِمَاءٍ بَحْتٍ غَسْلَةً أُخْرَى حَتَّى إِذَا فَرَغْتَ مِنْ ثَلاَثٍ جَعَلْتَهُ فِي ثَوْبٍ ثُمَّ جَفَّفْتَهُ.

1. Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from ibn abu ‘Umayr from Hammad from al-Halabiy who has said the following: “Abu ’Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, has said, ‘When you decide to give Ghusl (bath) to a dead body, you must keep a piece of cloth between yourself and the private parts of the dead body, like a shirt or similar. You should begin to wash the palms (hands) and the head of the dead body three times with water mixed with Sidr (berry leaves), then the rest of the body, first the right side. When you decide to wash the private parts, you must take a clean piece of fabric, wrap your left hand with it, then enter your hand under the piece of cloth with which it is covered, then wash the private parts of the dead body without seeing them. When you complete Ghusl (bath) with water mixed with Sidr (berry leaves), wash it a second time with water mixed with camphor and something with which Hunut is done; and thereafter wash the dead body with pure water. After completing all three Ghusl (baths) place the dead body on a piece of fabric and dry it up.’” (Ahadith 2-3 are best explained in the form of fatwa.)