Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on rules and regulations regarding the burial rites in islam. The dead body is washed (bathed), the main feature in this step is to physically cleanse the dead body. The process, the approach, and the accessories used for bathing the dead body may differ from time to time and from place to place. Bathing a dead body, in whatever manner, is a part of the Sunnah of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, (Sahih Muslim Volume 2, Book 23, Number 344-358) and therefore is an element of the Islamic Shari`ah. The dead body is bathed while the fabric is put on top of it. The water is at that time pouring over the body with the cloth on the body. The genitals should be covered at all times.
The dead body is wrapped in a trouble-free plain cloth. The cloth is called “kaftan” and the procedure took. The major issue in this step is to respectfully enfold the dead body in a cloth so that its secretive parts are not visible to others. The method of this wrapping and the fabric and the color of the cloth used for this wrapping may be different from place to place and from time to time. However, the significant aspect in the style of coverage and the fabric used is that it should be uncomplicated rather than a garnish style and the cloth used for this reason should also not be very flashy. It is for this basis that Muslims have generally favored using a white cotton cloth to serve as kaftan. It is permitted to put some perfume on the cloth. (Sahih Muslim Volume 2, Book 23, Number 353-358)
The prayer is offered in a particular method just like “Eid” prayer, .this prayer is also prayed with additional four “Takbirs”, (Sahih Muslim Volume 2, Book 23, Number 404) but there is no “Ruku” (bowing) and “Sujud” (prostrating). Supplication for the departed and for the whole of mankind is recited. In unusual situations, the prayer can be delayed and prayed at a later time as done in the “Battle of Uhud”. (Ghamidi, Various types of prayer) It becomes mandatory for every Muslim adult male to perform the funeral prayer upon the decease of any Muslim, however when it is performed by the few it alleviates that obligation for all.
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