Question 94: Is it permissible for medical students to dissect cadavers? Does this necessitate performing Wudoo’ (ablution) or Ghusl (full ritual bath)?
Answer: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, and his family and Companions! The Council of Senior Scholars issued decree no. 47 dated 20/8/1396 A.H. Regarding the ruling on autopsy. It reads as follows: All praise be to Allaah Alone, and peace and blessings be upon Last of the Prophets, Muhammad, and upon his family and Companions. To proceed:
In its 9th session held in Al-Taa’if in the month of Sha`baan, 1396 A.H., the Council of Senior Scholars has examined the letter no. 2/3231 of His Excellency the Minister of Justice, based on the letter of the under secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, no. 3/13446/2/1/34 dated 6/1/1395 A.H., attached by a copy of the note of the Malaysian Embassy in Jeddah including an inquiry about the opinion of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regarding performing a medical operation on the corpse of a dead Muslim for medical purposes... read more here.