In the Name of the Loving One, the Merciful, the Compassionate
The Almighty Creator gives life and causes death, and to the Lord you will be returned.
Indeed, to the Divine Authority alone belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; It is that Authority alone Who gives life and causes death. And besides God you have not any real protector or any true helper.
Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your full compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he/ she who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained (the real success). And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion?
Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction.
~ Message of the Final Testament: 10:56, 9:116, 3:185, 4:78
"Peace be with you, Dwellers of this abode! From among the faithful and the Muslims; and we, if it please Allāh, will join you; we ask of Allāh security for ourselves and for you."
~ Prayerful greetings of the Messenger upon his visit to the graves
The Messenger also said: "When you pray over the dead one, be sincere in your prayer for him."
"O Allāh! Forgive our living ones and our dead ones, and those of us who are present and those who are absent, and our young ones and our old ones, and our males and our females. O Allāh! Whom Thou keepest living among us cause him to live in submission to Thee, and whom Thou causest to die from among us make him die in faith. O Allāh! Do not deprive us of his reward, and do not make us fall into a trial after him."
~ Prayer of the Messenger of Allāh, peace and blessings of Allāh be on him, during burial service over a bier
funeral that celebrates, pay respects, sanctifies, or remembering the life of a person who has died. Funerary customs comprise beliefs and practices used by a culture to remember the dead, from interment itself, to various monuments, prayers, and rituals undertaken in their remembrance and honor.
In funerals, Muslims are distinguished by firm adherence to rules that keep the dignity of the deceased, and at the same time consider the feelings and emotions of sorrow of the concerned family.
A loss of an individual is not just regarded as a loss to the family, but to the whole Muslim community as well. For this reason, it is common for people who may not know an individual personally to attend his or her funeral. In fact, Muslims are encouraged to attend any Muslim’s funeral, due to the profound personal, social, and spiritual significance of such an event.
Muslims strive to bury the deceased as soon as possible after death. Therefore, it is not unusual for the deceased to be buried within 24 hours of their death. The main steps include washing the body of the deceased, shrouding it, performance of the funeral prayer, and finally, burial.
A GUIDE TO ISLAMIC FUNERAL SERVICE by Hajjah Amr Rasheed
In a 28 page concise guide, Hajjah Amr Rasheed has researched and covered all the important aspects of Islamic Funeral. From 'how to prepare for the funeral' to 'all the steps to be taken' are well covered in this booklet with selective schematics for easy understanding. Generally the funeral for a Muslim is not complex, but someone or a family who is not familiar with or don't know where to get help from, it could be quite challenging. That's why the following guide can be very useful to keep in every household, specially for the Muslims living in the West.
TABLE OF CONTENT
Sequence of Actions for Islamic Funerals
Practical Tasks Soon After Death
Law of the Land to Be Followed
Procedures in Special Situations
When Death Occurs in Hospital
The Shroud/ Kaphen
Direction for Wrapping both Male and Female
Bathing and Recommended Sequence for Washing
The Praxis of Ghusl
Alternate Purification/ Tayammum
Funeral Prayer/ Salat ul Janazah
How to Enter the Body in the Grave
Prayer and Condolences
Visiting Graves/ Ziyarah
Questions and Answers on Burial, Funeral and Mourning
Checklist for Preparation
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Our Lord, forgive us and our brothers who preceded us in faith and put not in our hearts [any] resentment toward those who have believed. Our Lord, indeed You are Kind and Merciful.
~ The Qur'an 59:10
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* On Death | Kahlil Gibran
* A Zen Story of Dying before Death
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