Concept

Islamic funeral

Summary
Funerals and funeral prayers in Islam (Janāzah) follow fairly specific rites, though they are subject to regional interpretation and variation in custom. In all cases, however, sharia (Islamic religious law) calls for burial of the body as soon as possible, preceded by a simple ritual involving bathing and shrouding the body, followed by Salat al-jinazah (funeral prayer). Burial is usually within 24 hours of death to protect the living from any sanitary issues, except in the case of a person killed in battle or when foul play is suspected; in those cases it is important to determine the cause of death before burial. In Islam, mourning for the deceased is observed for three days by the relatives. Cremation of the body is strictly forbidden in Islam. Common Islamic burial rituals Burial rituals should normally take place as soon as possible and include:
  • Collective bathing of the dead body, except in extraordinary circumstances, as in the battle of Uhud.
  • Enshrouding
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