My mother was ill and when she died, there was no place to wash her
My mother was ill and when she died, there was no place to wash the dead, hence, she was washed at home. I had no idea how the dead should be washed. After washing her, we applied some henna to her hands and kohl to her eyes
for this was our tradition. I hope Your Eminence will inform us if this way of washing the dead is sound or not.
You did well by washing your dead mother. But applying henna to her hands and kohl to her eyes is baseless in the Shari`ah (Islamic law), hence, it is not permissible to do this. However, Allah will pardon you since you did that out of ignorance.