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What do you Bring to a Muslim Funeral?

If you’ll be attending a Muslim funeral, is it okay to show up empty-handed, or should you bring something with you? 

You don’t want to seem inconsiderate if you don’t bring anything, and at the same time, you may be unsure about what’s considered appropriate to get the mourners. So, if you’re interested in finding out what to bring, keep on reading, and you’ll find all the answers you need.

What Can You Bring to Console the Bereaved?

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 just has to 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).

You can check with others to coordinate what food to bring. If that’s not possible, bring something that’s easy to cook and will remain good even if kept for a while. 

But what about flowers? Is it okay to bring some to the family?

Well, it’s not really preferred to give the bereaved family members flowers. While it’s not exactly rude to bring a small plant or a simple flower, you should avoid full-on bouquets and flower wreaths. 

Still, there’s a difference in opinion about the appropriateness of flowers. So, if in doubt, it’s best to ask an Islamic leader first and see what they have to say.

When Should You Give the Deceased's Family What You Brought?

You can give them your food or gift basket at any time, but it’s preferred to wait until after the funeral is over. 

You see, Muslim funerals are quite fast-paced. Generally, they take no more than 30-60 minutes. So, in the actual funeral and burial, all you need to do is show up, pray for the dead, and console the family members. 

After the family has returned to their home and started their 3-day mourning, that’s when you can bring something to the bereaved to help them with the grief.

Are You Obligated to Bring Something to a Muslim Funeral?

No, not really, but it’s a nice gesture, and the Muslim community is encouraged to do so. 

It doesn’t have to be anything too extravagant. Just a simple dish or some fruit will be enough, and the family will greatly appreciate it. 

Still, the thing that the family will appreciate the most is your showing up, and they’ll never judge you for bringing or not bringing anything.