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FUNERAL RITES IN ISLAAM: FACING QIBLAH

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Turning the body of one who is dying so that he or she faces the Qiblah [Makkah] has no foundation in the practise of the Prophet (PBUH) and his companions. The body should be turned to face Makkah when it is placed in the grave, according to the Prophet’s instructions. However, at the time of dying, there were not such instructions. Turning the body, became a custom after the time of the Prophet’s companions, but was objected to by the scholars of that time. For example, Sa‘eed ibn al-Musayyib, one of the leading scholars among the students of the Prophet’s companions, openly expressed his dislike for this practise. Zar‘ah ibn ‘Abdir-Rahmaan reported that he saw Aboo Salamah ibn ‘Abdir-Rahmaan with Sa‘eed ibn al-Musayyib when he was on his deathbed. When Sa‘eed lost consciousness, Aboo Salamah instructed that his bed be turned towards the Ka‘bah. When Sa‘eed regained consciousness he asked, ‘Did you move my bed?” When they replied that they had done so, he looked at Aboo Salamah and said, ‘I think it was done with your knowledge?” He replied, “I told them to do so.” Then Sa‘eed instructed them to return his bed to its original position.”