Death

Sign of Martyrdom

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Q: When my grandfather passed away, a growth on his hand burst with flowing blood upon his death. A family member mentioned that this is a sign of martyrdom. Please explain the conditions of martyrdom.

A:
This is not martyrdom. A martyr is one who is killed in battle by the enemy, or one who is killed by robbers and dies on the spot. Other lesser categories of martyrs are: One who is attacked by robbers or enemy but dies later, after receiving treatment; a woman who dies in labour; one who dies from poisoning; one who dies through a stomach illness; one who dies in a plague; one who died through the collapsing of a wall or building.

Allah knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

Burying Shia according to Muslim Rites

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Q: Is it permissible to bury a Shia according to Muslim rights and duties?

A:
This is not permissible. Generally the shias hold Kufr beliefs rendering them out of the fold of Islam.

Allah Ta'aala knows best.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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?

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

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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