If you’re going to be a guest at a Muslim
funeral service, you may be interested in planning ahead and learning about different
Muslim funeral traditions. While Muslims in the United States may not
all adhere to their religion’s traditions, many still participate
in these historic burial and funeral ceremony traditions.
Grief Support Customs
Grief support is common and important after a death in the Muslim community.
Friends and family members of the deceased comfort each other with food,
words, and prayer before the funeral service and for three days after the
burial service. As in many other cultures, grief support is an important part of the
healing process, and loved ones gather together to provide grief support
Funeral Service Traditions
Immediately after death, the body is prepared for the funeral service.
Before the funeral service, the body is washed from head to toe three
to seven times while reciting prayers. The body is then shrouded using
three white sheets and two ropes. The funeral service must take place
before the next sunset, or within 24 hours. The funeral service takes
place at dusk or sunset outside of a mosque. Mourners silently recite
a series of traditional prayers over the body.
Burial Service Traditions
After the funeral service, several men transport the body by foot or by
hearse to the cemetery for the burial service. The burial procession is
silent. Muslims are traditionally buried in a Muslim cemetery, and women
and children are not allowed at the burial plot for the burial service.
Cremation is considered to be a desecration of the body, so only burial
services are allowed. Burial plots should be unadorned and minimalistic.
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