Why Muslims Bury The Dead Quickly
Channel: Abu Eesa Niamatullah
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Something which has been really concerning me an increasing trend as more of us find ourselves separated from our elders or parents, especially those who are in old age and of course, anything could happen.
And they're living far away. I think many of us have some kind of family structure like that many of us have ethnic origins that mean that the family is spread out over a wide
part of the world.
And often what happens is that a person might pass and a particular I want to say a dominant figure,
the patriarch, maybe of the home, the eldest son, for example, or an uncle, or whatever it is, once the Janaza, once the hosel wants the key burial aspects delayed for them to get there, you might be in America and you will drag it back to Pakistan, you might be in the UK need to get back to Malaysia might be in Canada wanting to get back to Morocco. The idea that
the whole process should be delayed just so that you can attend because of your emotional need. And I know that we need to be sensitive. And of course, you've seen in the face of death, how much we've been speaking about.
Being very cognizant about the emotional needs of those that are grieving. And we do need to be sensitive. But we also need to be
I don't know honest enough with ourselves to hold ourselves accountable. And let's talk about rights. Let's talk about whose rights should be protected first, who is the most important person to actually protect in all of this, this this situation, and is the right of the deceased, the right of the deceased comes before anybody else. And the Prophet sallahu alayhi wa sallam said when it comes to the disease,
that if they were Hurry up with the process of the burial, Hurry up with the deceased, who was if they were a righteous person, then you're putting them forward to good. But if they will not that, then you are removing an evil of your own next, the Prophet sallallahu sallam said that as narrated in, buhari, this hadith is not just super authentic, super important. But also,
I believe, acts as a reminder of how little we are in touch with the metaphysical side of life, the spiritual side of life, that we don't believe that there are causes and effects in the things that happen to us. We are so confident in everything that we see and do. And we always believe that it's our fault. Or, therefore we don't think outside the box that maybe it's because of certain aspects of life that are have, we weren't considering as important previously, but now are having an impact and evil that's taken off your next think about this part of the Hadith. That means that we are affected by our surroundings, we are affected by people's almost energy, you heard, obviously, you
know, have you made that very, very popular positive energy, I feel good energy. Right. This is a phrase which is now very common, a lot of people kind of run out, but it's real, it's true, there is such a thing as positive energy. There is such a thing as good vibes, there is such a thing as negative energy. And so
it's not just your right that you need to be that that janazah prayer and pray over this person. There's the rights of the deceased, the rights of the people who are in that locality, as well. And so this selfishness that we find is unacceptable. It's not permissible to delay the burial. And you'll find so many Hadith on this on this matter, so many issues, and people will turn around and say, Well, what about the janazah proud miss it? My brother and sister, if you are listening to this, of course, that's what the reason why the class is there for you to really educate yourself on this chapter. But maybe send them this video so that they realize that this is not about you. Yes,
we want you to pray over your deceased and make dua for them, but your primary focus is draw for them. And then when you are able to get there if it's late, don't delay the whole process. But then you will do what the prophets Eliza limited, which is to then go and pray after the person has been buried. We know that this happened a number of times for for the prophets, Allah salah, for example, there was a lady you used to clean the masjid. And, you know, subhanAllah, the Sahaba when they narrated this incident, they will not even show the shoes a lady or a man, even in some narrations, whether there was a boy, it's like happening in the background. But the Prophet sallallahu Sallam
knew very well who she was because she had been gone for a while and it was a you know, she didn't see her and he was like, What happened to the lady where she gone? And they said, Oh, yeah, she passed away. We
We, we we dealt with her burial and we dealt with the Janaza we buried her
Philomela on to money and why did you not tell me? Why did you not tell me and they and the narrator ahora Raja line he said that they tried to kind of make it out like that she worked for so hold on Raha Yanni they tried to make out to be a minor jasola You know, it's not that important. She's not all that and you know, it's not. And the Prophet sallallahu Sallam that said something very, very important, he says in the Hadeel qubole these graves mum Lu atones Wilmington, Allah Allah, they are full of darkness for its inhabitants. Were in Allah azza wa jal, you know Bureau Hala home, the solidarity ally him and Allah will illuminate these great graves through my prayer for them.
To learn Anna Cabrera, show me her were her greatest. So he then was led to her grave, and he prayed over her sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
Not only did he pray over her, but those Sahaba that had already prayed over her prayed over the over her as well. Second time with the province of Christendom.
This also happened with another lady that's narrated by minister who was very ill and the Prophet sallallahu Sallam feared that there was going to be, you know, an imminent death. And so he said, let me make sure you tell me if that happens.
And what happened is that she was from an hour early those who are with me and my programs that tarbiyah programs will know that we don't we get our dates for a while and we go and visit that area on the way too much of a pullback, just about five odd miles from the
about five miles from Misha nebo II. And you will see that, that it takes time, you know, obviously she passed away around the Doha time, she was then prepared and washed, and then carried to elbow, elbow, elbow clear Allah cause which is the graveyard of what we call a bucket next to the mustard or whenever we mash it next next to the province of lysosomes. House. By the time they got there was nighttime and the province has a little sleeping. So they knew that he had told them that make sure you tell me if she passes away. But they were like, we can't wake him up for this. Now she's only some Myskina in actually They even called her the Myskina, right? Like some poor nondescript person,
whatever. Right? So they buried her at night, and when the promise has no more cup in the morning, and he found out he goes and why didn't you tell me? And they said yes, while he was sleeping. It was it was it was late. Now what's fascinating for me in this hadith, there's so many things to take from this is that he was upset and he criticized them, but not for the fact that they you did not delay for one second that they rushed in and made sure that she was buried at nighttime. Look at that, the haste Okay, bearing at nighttime, they don't have floodlights, electricity, machinery, it's kind of chaos. See, and it's so difficult to do, you know, in an area if you've ever lived in
the villages without electricity to do all of this kind of thing and to make sure you get everything right. But you'd say to yourself, just delay 12 hours, man, wait till wait till that way to the daytime. Right? And that makes more sense. But
no, they knew that the the most important thing was to make sure that she is buried as soon as possible. And so they did that and he didn't criticize them for that. What he criticized them for was Why didn't you wake me up? Because in that narration, he said, because my salah is a Rama for them, it's a mercy for them.
And then the Prophet salallahu Salam then went and he lined up the Companions behind them and they prayed over her the prophesy seldom did this again for another one that was known as a mongoose, which is like it's another poor person. We also know for example, the prophets Allah Islam when he was out of town narrated by Obama, Timothy, a hustler, sir Edwin Mercer, you can erase that, inside one of the Sahaba shed passed away and the Prophet SAW Selim was away for a month. And the prophets are certain when he came back and found out then he prayed over her over her grave at the grave. And so we know that this is something which is a an act of the prophets, Eliza lemon. here's the here's
the thing. There are some scholars Yes, it's true that the Hanafi school considers this to be not permissible that once a person has passed away then that's the end of it. And even one narration from Mr. Malik as well.
That once the prayer once the person is buried, then you can't pray to janazah and they explained all of these Hadith, right, because the person might say well, what about all these narrations? Well, they said, Well, you know, all these narrations what they indicate is that the Prophet sallallahu Sallam prayed for these and this is a specific that the prophets are selling, because only he has that special characteristic and we spoke about this characteristic of course, in the hadith of in various other parts of
of the class, which obviously you can check out in terms of specifically putting in the two twigs in order to protect the inhabitants of the grave and so on and so forth. This discussion is actually very interesting. How do you tell whether something is specific to the Prophet SAW Selim, or whether it can be continued by others. Actually, the majority of the Compact majority the majority of the scholars Imam Shafi Muhammad, other nourishment from a Malik, the majority of scholars said, No, it is permissible to pray over the deceased, especially if they've not had a prayer offered for them. And they were buried without one or there's someone who has a vested interest a family member and
the like, then of course, they can pray for that person, too. And that this is not specific to the Prophet sallallaahu. Selim because the Prophet Haslem didn't prohibit any of the Sahaba from doing it. In fact, they had already prayed. And he asked them to join him in the prayer. So they prayed over those people with the prophesy centum, which clearly proves that it's not something specific. And also, you know, for example, when we want to try and identify whether something is specific, you look at another test, like the highest of all we saw, which is continuous fasting, the progress Allah is seldom said that you're not allowed to do that. And yet he continued to do that when they
asked him. What about you Yara Sula, he says, I'm not the same as you guys. Allah is the one who feeds me, right? Meaning that I don't, I don't need the food and drink as much as you guys do. And so we know that. So when when, when the company's tried to do something, and they're not meant to, he'll make it clear. But he didn't say that for them in this case. So that shows to us that there is something which is
right and allowed for us to do. That's a position of the majority of scholars and this idea, by the way, that that there has there's a time limit. There's no evidence for that either. If a person is delayed in getting to the janazah, then Soviet.
I want you to know that if you want to summarize this situation.
We know that you should be super quick look at Aisha Radi Allahu wa, she said about what Bakr Siddiq. She said that he passed away on Tuesday night. He was buried on Tuesday night. Imagine that passed away on Tuesday night, buried on Tuesday night.
And actually again, when it came to her brother Abdul Rahman Ibn Abu Bakr, Radi Allahu Allah. And so you he was on a journey, and he was trying to get to Macau and he passes away like about 20 Odd miles or whatever, from Makkah. And what they did is that they, they took his body whilst he had passed away, and they didn't deal with it for like a day or two, or whatever it was, until they got to Makkah, and then buried him and somehow my soul instructional, that when I actually went to visit him, she said to him, like, when to visit the grave, firstly, she prayed her Serato janazah over the grave by herself, proof not only of praying, but this is the same for a woman saying for a male, you
know, from the class, my opinion on women in the graveyard, etc, etc. And also, what she said, to have the man who's passed away that rhetorical kind of statement. She says, Man, if I was here, I would have buried you right here, I would have told you right where you had passed away, meaning there shouldn't be no delay. She's seen how her father passed, okay, how it's done there. And then and immediately, no delay for anybody. Imagine the worker passing around Tuesday night, and being very choosy and not waiting to gather all the people because the hack of the deceased, it's not your right, I know that you're grieving. But I know that people want to get in there. I know that people
want to come up. I know that people aren't working, but you've got to try to protect the rights of the deceased. They are first and foremost, each and every single time. And I want to say this, that of course, if there's some legal impediment, there's something which you know, there has to be an obligatory post mortem on a lot of time on hospitals claim this in the West is not absolutely necessary, there are ways around it, you can get expedited, but obviously if there are legal impediments or obviously the graveyards are not available and the staff are not available, then you need to then delay until the next day, then that little bit delay, which is necessary is okay, but
to delay by two days, three days for people to fly in. This is not right. Let it happen. Just like we see. We see the Companions always rushing up the love and Mr. Abdullah and Zubair
when he's when any member of his family would, would would pass, he would be saying quick and quick. Let's get out of the body. Let's get out of the body. That should be our attitude. And then we wait if we are late, and we are late, we missed it, but we didn't miss out. We missed it meaning the congregational Janaza prayer that was prayed fundamentally, but we didn't miss out because we then come to the grave, and we pray and how would you do that? So this is the Muslim section of our local graveyard and I'll show you how the prayer is offered, of course that we say when we arrived to the Muslim graveyard or the Muslim section of a graveyard is Salam Alaikum Anna Dr. Minami Nene, while
Muslimeen were in that in sha Allah Who formula upon listening Hola Hola, como una Alfia
as you have obviously learned in the class already, and I specifically want to use the grave of one of our most beloved unposed Allah Hara.
Missoula and Kayla Muhammad Anwar as an example who were buried not long ago,
may Allah have mercy upon him. And you will come to the grave of your, of your beloved of your deceased. And as a male, this is the way that they are facing. This is the direction of the Qibla. And so, all of the disease that you can see in the Muslim graveyard in Muslim section on Muslim graveyard, as per the rules of fact, as per obviously details in a class for belying on their side, or the whole body took place was a couple or at least their head. And because for the men will stand here, if it was a female, you stand in the middle of the grave, because it's a male that will stand with the grave in front of you towards the Qibla. So your face towards the tabler and you'll have
the grave in front of you, just like you would if the person wasn't out in with their with their coffin, and then he will then do the janazah prayer as per the class. The first time we had Allahu Akbar. You will recite elimination arguments with the Rahim and recite certain Fatiha and then Allahu Akbar, then you will recite the Quran Sharif Allah once said Allah Muhammad Ali, Mohammed, then Allahu Akbar and then you will recite that there are a lot of Orfila you know, when eaten, and or other versions which have been authentic, narrated as from the class, Allahu Akbar. And then Assalamu aleikum wa rahmatullah and the variations that we covered in the
as per the opinions of Oracle, which of course are in detail in the class, the key that I want to bring to your attention is the importance of, of
protecting the right of the deceased, it's their right that they are buried as soon as possible that they go to that delight that Allah has promised them. And not that you are here to make that, that that congregational prayer, this Janaza prayer for you by yourself might be even more pure, might be even more better, might be even more sincere. And that's something good for you. And it's also something which is good for the deceased. So I hope that this reminder is taken in the best of
best of spirits and best of like, this is something that we all need educating on. And I pray to Allah subhanaw taala allows us to benefit from this and to implement it to preserve the rights
of the family that are grieving, but most importantly, to preserve the rights of artisans who deserve better while logging to Ireland.