Funeral Prayer (Shafii)

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How to perform funeral prayer? What is funeral prayer in islam?

Performing the funeral prayer is a communal obligation upon the Muslim society. When a Muslim dies, at least some of the Muslims living in that neighborhood must perform the funeral prayer and carry out the funeral ceremonies. If nobody performs the funeral prayer of the deceased, the neighbors, kith and kin of the deceased and all those who hear the news of the death become sinners.

There is no harm in announcing the news of the death in order to let everybody know about the funeral prayer and other related ceremonies. However, it is reprehensible to announce the news of the death by announcing the good deeds of the deceased as was the custom during the Age of Ignorance.

Source: Fiqh1 (According To The Shafi’i School Of Islamic Law), Erkam Publications

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