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Procedure for burial.

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Pls email me the complete procedure that one should do for the dead body. from the time of his/her death till burring.

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Procedure for burial

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As soon as ones believing loved one dies, those nearest and dearest to them should do the following in preparation for their funeral:

  1. Close the eyes and the mouth of the deceased if open, straighten their hands and their legs if bent.
  2. Wash the body of the deceased.
  3. Shroud the body of the deceased, preferably in white cloth.
  4. The believers should offer the prescribed funeral prayer for the deceased.
  5. Bury the deceased.
  6. Immediately after the burial, it is Sunnah to again make supplication for the deceased.
  7. Guide and exhort the family of the deceased towards patience, and try to provide them food and drink for the three-day period of mourning.


There are some basic details which need to be followed in each of the above acts of Sunnah when preparing for the funeral of a believing loved one, and if you wish to seek clarification on any one or all of the above Sunnah acts, we would be more than honored to provide you with the same giving the reference for each from the authentic and established Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws).


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