Islamic Funeral Prayer : Ṣalāt al-Janāzah : Janaazah : صلاة الجنازة
Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion, teaching that there is only one God, and that Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is one of the messengers of God. It is the world's second-largest religion, with over 1.8 billion followers or 24% of the world's population, most commonly known as Muslims. A part of the Islamic funeral ritual, the Janazah, is the prayer that is performed in congregation to seek pardon for the deceased and for all deceased followers of Islam (Muslims).
In planning a funeral for a Muslim, there are a few key elements one must keep in mind. The Janazah, unlike other funerals, is for the deceased. The washing, shrouding, prayers, supplication - followed by the swift, efficient, and simple burial - are done to honor the rights of the deceased.
In Al Islam, tending to the death of another Muslim is considered a Communal Obligation or Fard Kifayah. The responsibility of burial should fall upon the entire Muslim community. If no one of the Islamic faith comes forward to fulfill the duty upon the deceased or if families or members of the deceased’ family are not Muslim and or not familiar with the burial rites of a Muslim, Mikal’s Funeral Parlor will ensure that the deceased do receive their rights. However, when those of the community or family who are capable of tending to the death of their deceased Muslim loved one do come forth, the burden upon the community is lifted. Concerning an Islamic Burial, it is helpful for the family members and survivors to know in advance, that it is an act in which their direct involvement and assistance, is both welcomed and appreciated*. Islamic Funerals and Burials are not exclusionary and encourage and allow various populations of people** to take part in and participate to the fullest degree permissible.
(* And in some cases, mandatory, in order to ensure that the deceased do receive their rights).
(** Based on the explicit preference of the deceased’ family and their cultural norms).