Mass-i mayyit (Arabic: مَسّ مَیِّت) means touching a dead human body. In the books of jurisprudence, touching a dead human body is mentioned in the chapter of the rulings of purity.
Rulings of touching a dead human body
- Touching the body of an Infallible person, a martyr of battle, and a person who has performed ghusl of the dead body before receiving prescribed penalty or retributory punishment does not entail the ghusl due to touching the dead human body. However, some jurists have considered it possible that touching the martyr’s body entails the ghusl due to touching the dead human body.
- The viewpoint among the majority of the jurists is that touching a dead human body does not invalidate wudu, but some jurists believe that touching a dead human body invalidates wudu.
- According to the fatwa of most marja's, touching a part separated from the human body, if it has bones, entails the mentioned ghusl. On the other hand, Ayatollah Sistani believes that touching a part separated from the human body, even if it has bones and flesh, does not entail the ghusl.
- The material for this article is mainly taken from مس میت in Farsi WikiShia.