Funeral and Processions
When Allah takes a member from this community many times their relatives are not Muslims; Masjid Rahmah takes on the responsibility of ensuring that the deceased is given a proper Islamic burial according to the correct teachings of Islam. The Masjid will wash the body and make the preparations for the body to be transported to the burial ground.
What to do if a Muslim family member dies?
“Allah the Most High said, “There is nothing for my believing servant- from whom I take away
the soul of his beloved, then he anticipates a reward from Me- except Paradise.” (Al-Bukhari)
The Muslim is encouraged to remain patient when afflicted with any kind of adversity. He or She should avoid resorting to desperation or despair, manifested in wailing and screaming, slapping one’s face. Rather the Muslim responds to the calamity by saying: ‘Innalilaahi wa inna ilayhi raajioon.’
“Patience is only at the initial shock.” (AL-Bukhari)
In times of grief it can be difficult to remember that our purpose here in this world, is to worship Allah and one day we all shall return to Him. Our time in this life is brief, transient and limited, yet we tend to consume ourselves with the affairs of this dunya. The death of a loved one is a reminder of the reality of death and encouragement for the believer to work towards attaining Jannah through patientce and good deeds. When a Muslim family member passes, the Muslim is encouraged to supplicate to Allah to forgive that individual and grant him/her paradise and to remain patient.
“Encourage your dying to say: None has the right to be worshipped except Allah.” (Muslim)
When a person is on their deathbed, it is vital that you encourage the individual to prounce the Shahadah, even if they were not Muslim before. You should continue to remind your brother or sister to recite it so that the last words of the dying person would be: ‘none has the right to be worshipped except Allah.
“Whoever’s last words be: None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, he will be admitted into Paradise.” (Ahmad and Abu Dawud and it is Hasan)
Once the soul has left the body, close the deceased’s eyes and cover them, from this point forward nothing but good should be mentioned of them, try to ask Allah to forgive them and have mercy on their soul.
“Do not invoke except good; since the angels say Aameen to what you say.” (Muslim)
Important things to do when a Muslim dies
Announce the death to relatives, then friends and the general public
Weeping –wailing is NOT permissible
Only the widow is to dress like a mourner for more than three days
Pay off the deceased’s debts
Utter the Al-Istirija:
“To Allah we belong and unto Allah we shall return”