Islamic Funeral and Death Rites Course

Saturday, 20th July 2013. I attended the first of 2 lessons on Islamic funeral and death rites.

This course is organise by IslamicEvents.Sg and the lecture is by Ust. Asyraf from Pengurusan Jenazah Sinaran Baharu.

It’s held at Auditorium Masjid Sultan.

I am just writing to record as much of what I can remember. May Allah forgives me should there be errors in what I wrote and May it be beneficial to those who reads. InsyaAllah!

The first lesson is all about theory and the second lesson will include practical lessons.

I went there alone but as I sat in the auditorium, I met 3 sisters from the Halaqah Circle …much missed sisters and we were all happy to see one another 🙂

Ust. Asyraf starts with introduction of himself and his journey towards becoming a fulltime ‘mandi mayat’ as we called someone who attend to a corpse preparing for burial.

Then he proceeds to quote a few hadiths on islamic rites for the dead.

Knowing the rituals and rites of Islamic funeral is a ‘fardhu kifayah’ ….a compulsory for the muslim community to have a scholar or expert to fulfill one’s Islamic religious obligations to serve the community, if not then its considered a sin to the community.

It is also a sunnah to have a service attitude towards the dead …which means as we suffer the lost of a loved ones, we are to cry silently and grieve in our hearts.

He mentioned of how the older Malay people have a saying that do not cry and let the tears drop unto the corpse …this is not true to Islamic teachings. Anyone is allowed to cry but do so silently and do not wail or bang the chest or head …this is not allowed in considerations for the dead.

Important note to remember as we deal with the corpse …

– No judging towards the mayit. No matter how they die or look after death, Do Not Judge! It’s not up to us to judge.

– While in the presence of a sick or dying person, make supplications for verily the angels say ‘Amiin’ to whatever we say.

– Close the eyes and/or jaws of the dead

– Secure lightly the ankles to prevent any discharge from coming out

– Secure the hands (wrists) onto the chest or leave the hands on the side

– Clear any bloods and stains

– Take off all ornaments

– Apply medication onto wounds

– if the funeral will be the day after, then place weight (eg pillow) on the tummy to prevent wind from entering it

– Rubbing all the joints gently with oil (this also if the funeral will take place the day after)

– Cover the body and shortcomings of the dead. Cover the aurah for this is compulsory.

– Make supplications and/or recite verses from the Quran for the dead.

– Do not utter fitnah or say bad towards the mayit

– Burn bukhoor/agarbathi to eliminate possible odours

– Sprinkle camphor/mothballs around to keep away any insects

There are many more that the Ustadh shares with us which I think it’s best to be able to come and listen for yourself. He shares on the knowledge of what to do should a family member dies at home or in the hospital….who to call first and what to look out for and do in the event if post-mortem is required.

He also advise and shares of what happen to the corpse if it has to be transported from one country to another.

Regarding this matter, he shared about how the law requires the body to be embalm and he showed us a video on it. His advice, take a pity on the dead and just let it be buried in the country it dies cos the method of embalming is too harsh and hurting to the corpse in the eyes of Islam.

Ok I think I have to stop cos this is how much I am able to share.

For those interested, do look out for such courses for it has many benefits to us all.



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