Death

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:
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?

A:
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?

A:
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

Females Visiting Graves

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Q: Is it permissible for a woman to visit a grave site (not during burial)?

A:
Females are more sensitive and emotional. By visiting the graves of their beloved ones, they will become emotional and their grief will be renewed. This is one of the reasons that it is Makrooh for females to visit the graves.

Both the Hanafi and Shaafi’ee Madhab discourage women from visiting the graveyard.

Also, in these times of Fitnah, robberies and violence they will not be permitted to visit a graveyard. These factors strengthen the prohibition.

When women have been discouraged by Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) from attending the Masjid for Salaah, the discouragement of visiting graveyards will be even stronger.

Allah Ta’aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

Watering Graves

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Q: I notice that watering of graves is quite a common practice. Is there any Islamic reason why this practice takes place? What is the ruling?

A: It is permissible to sprinkle water on the Qabr immediately after burial. Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam) himself done this. (Raddul Muhtaar V6 P379).

It will be permissible afterwards also, if the intention is protection of the sand and to save it from dispersing. It will not be correct with any other intention.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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