Organ Failure and Martyrdom

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Q: My father passed away recently after 15 days hanging in between life and death after a heart attack and lungs, kidney and liver failure. I read in a previous thread that a person who dies with a stomach ailment gets the death of a shaheed (martyr). My dad also died with total organ failure; will it be considered a shaheed's death?

The Hadeeth mentions that the person who dies due to a stomach ailment receives the death of a Shaheed (martyr). (Kanzul Ummaal V4 P415).

Have hope in the Mercy of Allah that He grants your father the status of a Shaheed.

May Allah Ta'aala grant him Maghfirah and Jannatul Firdaus and may the family be granted the required Sabr, Aameen.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Reusing Grave

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Q: Can a mahram be buried in the same grave according to Shafis? For example like mother and son, and how can it be done?

A grave can be used again after the body has completely disintegrated. If there is a little left then it will be placed one said and then the new deceased will be buried.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Hadith on Position of Imam in Janaza Salaah

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Q: Is here an authentic Hadith for the Imam standing by the chest of the mayyit (deceased) in janazah salaah (funeral prayer)?

A Hadeeth is mentioned in Badaai'us Sanaai' V3 P291.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Funeral for Suicide

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Q: I am concerned with the spate of recent suicide my Muslim youths in our community, what is even worse is the fact that people talk and argue on issues that they have no knowledge about. Like:

What is the ruling on burying someone that killed himself/herself?

Does one perform ghusl for this person, how is this ghusl performed?

Does one perform the salaahtul janazah? Is there a special way of performing it in this regard?

The Ghusl, Kafan and Janaazah Salaah for a person who committed suicide is the same as for any other person. He will be buried in the Muslim cemetery.

The sin of suicide is between him and Allah. We still have to follow the normal procedure in this regard.

Differences are for a person who was Murtad (apostate).

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Funeral for Unknown Female

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Q: If a dead body of a female is found, how we can recognize whether she was a Muslim or a non Muslim?

If one is aware that Muslim women in the area use mehndi, or dress in a certain way, or apply a certain makeup peculiar to Muslims then this could be used as signs to determine the religion of the deceased female. Other that this, there is no way to ascertain from her body whether she is Muslim or not.

In that case you need to do the following:

a) Check for identification on her.

b) Ask people in the area where her body was found. Perhaps someone will know her.

c) Find out from the police and the 'Missing Persons Bureau' if someone with her description has been reported missing.

In the absence of proper identification from the above sources, one should use discretion. If the heart strongly feels that the deceased is a Muslim then give her an Islamic burial. If not, then wrap the body in one or two pieces of cloth, dig a hole and bury it. There will be no duas, janaaza salaah, etc.

Mufti Siraj Desai

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