Post-mortem customs in Islam: Is it permissible to remove a deceased person’s gold tooth?


Someone from Jordan wrote to Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa, stating that the following questions had been submitted on their website:

Is it permissible to marry one’s brother’s divorcee?

If someone has got a gold tooth fitted, is it permissible to remove it after the person’s demise?

Is it permissible for women to operate beauty parlours?

Huzoor-e-Anwaraa, in his letter dated 6 June 2022, provided the following responses to these questions:

“[…] If teeth made of gold or silver are not fixed and can be easily removed, then there is no issue in removing such teeth from the mouth of a deceased person. Generally, people do remove them, just as artificial dentures are usually removed from the mouth of a deceased person. However, if the teeth are fixed, such as in the case of modern implants that are attached in the mouth with screws, it becomes difficult to remove them, and there is a possibility of showing disrespect to the deceased. Therefore, such teeth should not be removed. […]”

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