How are dead muslims wrapped for burial after death?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    "Islamic Rituals at Death

    What are the procedures after death and during funeral for a Muslim living in the USA?


    The necessary Islamic rituals at the death of a Muslim are as follows:

    The corpse is washed (bathed): The main factor in this step is to physically cleanse the corpse. The method, the style and the accessories used for bathing the corpse may vary from time to time and from place to place. Bathing a corpse, in whatever method, is a part of the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh), and therefore a part of the Islamic Shari`ah.

    The corpse is wrapped in a simple plain cloth. The cloth is called 'kafan' and the process 'takfeen'[1]: The main factor in this step is to respectfully wrap the corpse in a cloth so that its private parts are not visible to others. The style of this wrapping and the material and the color of the cloth used for this wrapping may vary from place to place and from time to time. However, the important aspect in the style of wrapping and the material used is that it should be a simple rather than a gaudy style and the cloth used for this purpose should also not be very flashy. It is for this reason that Muslims have generally preferred to use white cotton cloth to serve as 'kafan'. It is allowed to put some perfume on the cloth.

    The Muslims of the community gather to offer their collective prayers for the forgiveness of the dead. This prayer has been generally termed as the Janazah prayer. (The prayer is offered in a particular way).

    The corpse is then buried in the ground. The style of the grave and that of the burial may vary from time to time and place to place. The Islamic directive is restricted to a respectful burial in the ground.

    After the burial, the Muslims who have gathered for paying their respects to the dead collectively pray for the forgiveness of the dead. This collective prayer is the last formal collective prayer for the dead.

    According to the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh), these are the necessary Islamic rituals at the death of a Muslim. Many other rituals have been added to the list but all of them are either not essential or are not a part of the Islamic Shari`ah (law)."

  • 1 decade ago

    Preparing for burial starts with washing the deceased which is a duty incumbent upon the Muslim community. If some of them fulfill it, the others are released of their duty. If none of them washes the body of a deceased Muslim, all of them incur a sin. Washing is with water. It is sufficient to wash the deceased once, but is more preferable to wash his or her body three times with soap and water. If any impurity has fallen on the body of the deceased, it should be removed first. Only those who are needed for the washing should attend and they do not publicize any secret they may find out. The deceased should be undressed but his private parts should remain covered during washing. When the washing is finished, the body is dried with a clean dress or cloth other than his wrappers. Some perfumes are used before the body is wrapped in full. It should be noted here that a fighter who is killed in battle by non-believers need not be washed. He is to be wrapped in his own clothes and buried.

    It is a community duty to have the deceased person wrapped in clean dresses or clothes, preferably white in color. It is recommended to have three layers for a deceased man and five for a deceased woman. Silk may not be used to wrap a deceased man with, but it is permissible as wrapper for a deceased woman. Although most scholars discourage that.

    Prayer for the deceased (i.e. Janazah prayer) is preferably led by his nearest relative. Prayer for the deceased consist of four glorifications of Allah, i.e. takbeer, with the imam only saying "Allahu Akbar" loudly. After the first one, the imam and everybody else, reads AL-Fatihah. After the second one, we read the greeting to the Prophet which we normally say in the second part of Tashahhud in ordinary prayers. After the third one, we offer a supplication on behalf of the deceased praying Allah to forgive him all his sins and to admit him into heaven. After the fourth, we have a general supplication for all Muslims.

    The deceased is then taken for burial. People should walk quietly without reading anything loudly, even though it may be from the Qur'an or glorification of Allah. The grave should be deep enough to prevent any bad smell coming out and to stop animals digging the body up. It is recommended that when the grave is filled up, it should be elevated from the ground by not more than 25 to 30 cm, so that it is known to be a grave. Elevating it higher is not permissible. It is by far preferable to bury Muslims in graveyards, although it is permissible to bury a dead person at home. Following the Prophet's Sunnah is more preferable. He ordered the burial of his companions in the graveyard known as "Al Baqee".

    Offering condolences to the family of the deceased is recommended. It is discouraged for the relatives of the deceased to stay at a particular place to accept condolences. These should be offered when the relatives are met.

    It is also recommended to visit graves and graveyards. When you arrive at the grave of a deceased relative, you stand at the head of the grave and pray for the dead person. Most scholars agree that it is also permissible for women to visit graves, but they are forbidden from wailing and crying loudly.

  • 1 decade ago

    Bullet holes are plugged with chork then they are wrapped in tiolet paper only the single ply type and they are set on fire that way they can blame some one else for the death. Wait are you talking about living or dead muslims.

    In the case of exploded muslims there remains are put in a cookie jar and sent to the great cookie rock in Mecca and then they tinkel on them. For a love offering.

  • 1 decade ago

    the body of the deceased would be wrapped with three layers of white cloth from head to toe and then we are buried.

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  • 1 decade ago

    In a white shroud fro head to toe -- like Jews are.

  • 1 decade ago


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