How familiar are you with funeral services in the Muslim tradition? Muslim
funeral traditions are generally based on the belief that the bodies of
the deceased should be buried as soon as possible after death. Read on
to learn more about how Muslims honor the lives of their loved ones through
their funeral traditions.
Muslim Beliefs About Death
Although there are two different sects of Islam, Shi’a and Sunni,
all Muslims believe in an afterlife. Some hold the belief that the deceased
will stay in their graves until the Last Day of the world, when they will
then be admitted to Paradise or Hell based on the good deeds that they
performed or sins that they committed during their lives. When a person
dies, those who are nearby should pray for forgiveness of the deceased’s
sins. Then, they should close the eyes and lower jaw of the dead and place
a sheet over the body.
Muslim Funeral Traditions
Islamic law states that the deceased should be buried as soon as possible
after death. Thus, people in the Muslim community must begin
making funeral plans immediately after a loved one dies. Autopsies, embalming, and cosmetology
for the deceased are prohibited by Islam, as these practices are seen
as desecrating the body of the deceased. As the body is not preserved,
it must be buried quickly, and thus there are not viewings or visitations
in the Muslim funeral tradition. While small grave markers are common,
large monuments or elaborately decorated headstones are generally not
acceptable. Finally, cremation is prohibited in the Muslim community,
making burial the most common choice among Muslims.
If you’re planning a funeral ceremony near Hayward in the Muslim
tradition, consider choosing
Chapel of the Chimes Hayward. We can help arrange funeral or cremation services for a variety of beliefs.
Call (510) 398-6922 to learn more about the memorial park at our funeral
home, including our Garden of Noor and Culshane Rahmat Garden.