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.
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.