The Lajnah Daa’imah was asked the following question:
What is the ruling on viewing the body, whether a male or female daily? Does leaving the face uncovered contradict Islamic teachings?
” … It is clear that leaving the face of the dead person uncovered for a day or more as mentioned in the question to be displayed contradicts the Sunnah and the Muslim consensus. There is no harm if the bereaved family wants to uncover the face to see the deceased without delaying its preparation and burial…” End quote. [Reference]
AbdulFattaah Bin Uthman