Q: The forensic medical center in
is opening a forensic medicine museum, which will include samples, photos, and information about forensic medicine. We want to display
some preserved body parts from dead people that illustrate scientific facts. These samples will be preserved using special chemicals
and displayed in a special place. The importance of these samples lies in the fact that they are rare and they also have educational significance for medical researchers. One example is of a bullet lodged in a part of the bone. The museum will also display photos of some medical cases subjected to forensic tests. It should be noted that we comply with our duty to cover the `Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered in public), and hide face photos to protect the dignity of the deceased.We hope that you will advise us on this matter, so we will not do anything that contradicts the Shari`ah (Islamic law). May Allah reward you with the best.
It is not permissible to preserve separated parts of dead human bodies, in fact it is obligatory (Part No. 25; Page No. 100) for them to be buried to preserve the inviolability of human beings and protect them from abuse. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
The inviolability of a Muslim after death is the same as it is when alive.
Breaking the bones of a dead person is like breaking their bones when alive.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.