How is the kafan (burial shroud) done for a person who dies in a state of iḥrām? is there anything specific to this?
Shaykh ʿAbdullāh al-Iryānī ḥafidhahullāh said in his book “Mulakhkhas Aḥkām al-Janāʾiz”, Page 42:
“The man who is dies in the state of Iḥrām, his face and head are not covered (while covering him with kafan) and for the women who die in the state of Iḥrām, her face is covered (without the Niqāb (the face veil) as the Prophet (Ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) prohibited the Niqāb for the women in Iḥrām). From the ḥadīth of Ibn ʿAbbās: “And do not cover his head as he will be raised on the Day of Resurrection, while he is reciting the Talbiyyah”. (al-Bukhārī – 1265)”
Translator’s Note: It is not clear in the above statement, whether we need to cover the head of the woman who died in the state of Iḥrām or not. I have asked Shaykh Abū Bilāl and he told that the head and the face of the woman is covered. The only prohibition is that we do not cover her face with the Niqāb as mentioned above.
Translated by: ʿAbd an-Nūr al-Hindī