We offer Muslim/Islamic funeral services to suit your situation.
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Like the other major religions of the world, there is a great deal of attention paid to the afterlife in the Islamic faith. This means that Muslim funerals are often very important to the deceased as well as the friends and family they will leave behind. Getting the right sort of Islamic funeral service is consequently something most people want to make sure of. At Newrest Funerals, we have a wealth of experience in arranging Muslim funerals that you can draw upon at what is likely to be a difficult time. We will guide you through the process and ensure all the elements you want to be included in the service are there. What’s more, we’ll make sure everything is done in a timely manner.
In addition to our funeral arrangement services, we offer pre-payment plans for Islamic funerals. This means that you can arrange and pay for your own funeral in advance. For many people of the Islamic faith, knowing that they have put all of their final arrangements together before they pass on can be very reassuring. So, we are here to help whether you are planning your own funeral or making arrangements for someone who has recently passed on.
What Should You Bear in Mind for Islam Funeral Services?
According to most interpretations of Islamic law, the arrangements needed for a Muslim funeral service should begin immediately – or as soon as is practical – after the death of a believer. This is one of the reasons why our compassionate team at Newrest Funerals is available to make contact with 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We know how important it is to begin the process of arranging a funeral and we are here to help get the ball rolling.
We will be able to help you find a funeral director who can help with the funeral rites associated with Islam, too. No matter where you happen to be in the UK, we can arrange for the body to be placed into a traditional sheet and then be positioned in the traditional manner after it has been cleaned. We will also be able to deal with any final wishes, such as organ donation arrangements, should the deceased have reflected that this would be their preference. The interment of the body as well as the funeral service itself, either at a mosque or another chosen venue, can also be arranged by our dedicated team. Bear in mind that we can arrange a single-sex funeral service or a mixed one depending on your wishes and those of the wider community.
Choose Newrest Funerals to Help Arrange a Muslim Funeral For You
At Newrest Funerals, we offer compassionate guidance on all aspects of Islamic funeral services and can help regardless of your personal preferences or particular attitudes to faith. We work with all Muslim communities in the UK and have the expertise to ensure that all of the appropriate elements of the funeral service are included. This will include the procurement of a small headstone or appropriately modest marker as preferred.
Muslim Funerals Tradition: A Full Guide
As with any faith, funerals are a significant event, and Islam is no exception.
Muslim funerals are held to comfort the bereaved, but most importantly, to ask God for forgiveness upon the deceased’s soul. That’s because Muslims believe in the afterlife, where your deeds on earth determine whether you’ll end up in heaven or hell.
So, what exactly happens at a Muslim funeral? Is it similar to funerals of other faiths, or are there some differences? If you’re interested in finding out, let’s take a look.
How Does a Muslim Funeral Proceed?
Muslim funerals are made of a series of steps.
First, there’s the washing and shrouding of the deceased. This is when adult members of the deceased’s immediate family gather to physically clean the body with heated water. Once the body is clean, it’s then wrapped in white cotton cloths in a simple and modest fashion.
After that, the deceased friends and family typically gather at a mosque to pray the Janazah prayer. In it, they ask God to forgive the deceased, as well as all other dead Muslims.
After the prayer is done and the Muslim community have paid their respect and condolences to the family, the body is then taken for burial. Typically, women don’t participate in the funeral procession or the burial, though some now do. However, that’s only if they show exaggerated manners of grieving, such as wailing or self-harm.
Once the Muslim is buried in his grave, those in attendance will perfom a final prayer and then return to their home to start mourning. During the mourning period, the mourners will frequently pray for the deceased, accept visitors who wish to pay their respects, and avoid lavish clothes and loud actions.
Muslim Funeral Dress Code and Etiquette?
The Muslim funeral dress code isn’t too complicated. All Muslims have to do is wear simple, modest clothes. They can be in any colour, though it’s customary in a lot of countries to wear black.
Etiquette-wise, you need to conduct yourself in a dignified manner. That means no loud wailing, hitting yourself, tearing your hair or clothes, scratching your face, or throwing yourself in the grave with the deceased. These actions are all considered inappropriate as they appear to be questioning the will of God.
Historically, women were prone to display those actions, and that’s why they were prevented from attending funerals. However, nowadays, they can attend as long as they grieve quietly. Both men and women are permitted to cry and show sadness, provided that it’s done with decorum.
How Long Is the Mourning Period in Islam?
Muslims are required to mourn the dead for three days. However, widows must mourn for an extended period.
This period will last for four months and ten days, during which the widow won’t remarry or interact with non-mahrams (men she’s permitted to marry). The extended mourning period is to make sure the widow isn’t pregnant with the deceased child prior to taking a new husband.
However, if the circumstances necessitate it, widows can interact with non-mahram. For instance, if there’s a medical emergency, widows can visit and interact with a doctor with no fear of reproach.
As soon as possible, preferably in less than 24 hours.
How Long Do Muslim Funerals Last?
Muslim funerals tend to be short, ranging from 30-60 minutes. There’s no wake, visitation, or viewing of the body. Once the body is washed and shrouded, it’s taken to a mosque for prayer and then buried immediately afterwards.
Who Can Attend Islamic Funerals?
Any individual in the Muslim community can partake in this prayer, even if they don’t know the deceased. Non-Muslims may also partake and pay their respects.
Newrest Funerals Arranges Funerals According to Islamic Norms
When someone dies, the last thing you want to be worrying about is how to organise a Muslim funeral. Newrest Funerals will be there for you every step of the way. We can help you arrange the funeral and do everything we can to help you through this difficult time.
Technically, yes, but only in certain circumstances.
Generally, Muslims should be buried directly in the soil, with nothing separating them from the ground. That’s because, in the Islamic belief, humans are created from soil, to which they’ll return and from which they’ll be resurrected.
Cremation is haram (forbidden) in Islam, and it’s considered a transgression. The prophet Muhammad’s wife, Aisha, says: “Breaking a dead person’s bone is as breaking it in their life.” Instead, the proper way of handling a deceased’s body is a burial in a cemetery.
In the Islamic faith, there is a strong belief in the afterlife. Accordingly, much attention has been paid to the care and respect of both the body and the religion.
Due to not believing in embalming (the process of preserving the body, and protecting it from decay, by using specific chemicals), Muslims generally bury people the day after they die.
In Islam, the burial should take place as soon as possible. Accordingly, Muslims strive to bury their dead in no more than 24 hours.
Unlike other religions, where it’s okay to delay the burial so that the deceased’s friends and relatives can gather, Islam favours a fast burial.
Basically, anything that can help make the mourners’ lives a bit easier.
Generally, that’s food in some form or other, like prepared dishes, fruits, vegetables, and sweets. It must follow the Islamic dietary restriction, i.e., no pork, alcohol, etc. If the food contains meat, it has to be halal (slaughtered in the Islamic way).
Muslim families typically don’t place much emphasis on material objects but appreciate your support and condolences. So, rather than gifts, you can make them food. The family would be grieving, so ready-made food gives them the time to grieve without worrying about meals.
The preparations are composed of two steps. First, the deceased’s body is washed in the “ghusl.” Then, it’s covered and wrapped in white sheets called the “kafan.” These preparations happen fast because the body needs to be buried as soon as possible. Some people contact Islamic organisations for help with them.
Muslim funerals are composed of prayer and burial, which take 30 to 60 minutes on average. The prayer happens at a mosque, which aims to ask for pardon for the deceased. Then, the body is moved to the burial site, where a speech may take place.
Muslim funerals are similar throughout Muslim communities, but religious sectors, circumstances, and family wishes can create slight variations.
It’s not easy to cope with the death of a loved one. But every religion has an acceptable way of grieving. Islam is one such religion with strict rules (sharia) guiding crying over a dead person.
Although Muslims are permitted to cry at funerals, when it’s accompanied by wailing and lamenting, it becomes haram (forbidden) and attracts punishment. This is because it’s believed that the wailing torments the deceased’s soul.
Death is a natural part of life; it can come at any moment, whether you expect it or not. But what exactly happens after death, according to the Islamic religion? Knowing this is important if you’re mourning a recently deceased Muslim person, so read on to find out more.
According to Islamic belief, when a Muslim’s time has come, God sends his angel, Azrael, to retrieve his or her soul. Once the soul leaves the body, the Muslim will now be declared dead.
Here are 4 traditions that are found in any Muslim funeral.
Washing and Shrouding the Body
Once a Muslim is declared dead, his body is taken by his family members to be washed and cleansed. This can be done by any adult family member, as long as they’re the same gender as the deceased.
After the body is cleaned and dried, it’s then shrouded. This is when the body is wrapped in a few pieces of white cotton cloth, in which it’ll be buried.
Another integral part of any Muslim funeral is the Janazah prayer. This is a specific prayer that’s only performed at funerals.
The deceased’s family and friends, as well as the surrounding Muslim community, gather to perform this prayer, usually in a mosque. In this prayer, they’ll ask God to forgive the deceased and have mercy on him. They’ll also ask the same thing for all the dead Muslims in the world.
Once the Janazah prayer is over, the family heads to the burial ground to lay the deceased to rest. This step is traditionally attended and performed by men, though some parts of the world allow women to attend nowadays.
Basically, the shrouded body is placed on its right side in the grave, with no coffin. This grave should be facing the direction of the Qibla (i.e., the city of Makkah).
After the body has been properly situated, the buriers will lay a few wooden boards over it and then start covering the body with soil until it’s completely buried.
The mourning period in Islam lasts for 3 days. In this period, the deceased’s family will pray a lot, asking God for forgiveness and mercy.
They’ll also wear simple, subdued clothes and avoid putting on pleasant things like perfume and jewellery. And during this period, the Muslim community visits the bereaved in their home to console them and bring them food to make their lives a bit easier.