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FUNERAL RITES IN ISLAAM: FOLLOWING A MUSLIM’S BIER

by Dr. Bilal Phillips 0 Comments

Following a Muslim’s bier is among the obligatory rights due to every Muslim from all Muslims who witness his funeral procession. Aboo Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Every Muslim has five rights due to him from his fellow Muslims : Returning his greetings of salaam [peace], visiting him when he is sick, following his bier, praying for his well being when he sneezes (saying: Yarhamukal-laah (may Allaah have mercy on you)) and giving him advice if he seeks it.” Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol.2, pp.187-88, no.332. This practice is recommended because it helps to keep Muslims in touch with the reality of death and the after-life. The believers all need to be reminded about death from time to time, because the material needs, pleasures and distractions of this life easily causes humans to forget about the life to come. Aboo Sa‘eed reported that the Prophet (PBUH) said, “Visit the sick and follow the biers, for it reminds you of the next life.” Collected by al-Bukhaaree (al-Adab al-Mufrad, p.75).