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View of the Ottoman Cemetary in Rhodes

The subject of death is very important to all of us. Every one of us has to die. In this regard Allah mentioned in the Quran in Surah Al-Zumar that everyone has to die including the Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessings be upon him) himself: "Truly thou wilt die (one day), and truly they (too) will die (one day) (Quran 39:30).

TAKFEEN (WRAPPING THE BODY IN THE KAFAN)

General

The Kafans of a male and a female deceased person differ only in the number of pieces of cloth used and their arrangement around the body. Whereas a male deceased is wrapped in three pieces of cloth, a female is wrapped in five. Like everything else, this practice also follows the sunnah of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and the manner of his own burial as is confirmed by the following Hadith:

SALAT UL JANAZAH (PRAYER FOR THE DECEASED)

General

Salat ul Janazah is a Fard Kifayah, and its procedure and details follow the sunnah of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). It is strongly recommended that as many members of the Muslim community as possible should join the funeral procession and Salat ul Janazah:
Abu Hurayrah (ra) reported that Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said:

Funeral practices in various countries often reflect the influence of local traditions and other religions. Muslims are required to confine all related rituals within the bounds prescribed by The Quran and the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (pbuh).

Innovations in religion that have no sanction from The Quran or the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) should be scrupulously avoided as is clear from the following Hadith:

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