During CRITICAL UNPRECEDENTED TIMES like this, forensic specialists encounter HUGE CHALLENGES in ensuring the proper and DIGNIFIED MANAGEMENT of the dead. WITH ALMOST 90% OF DEATHS in the world at present are courtesy of COVID-19, the IMPORTANCE OF ISLAMIC LAW in these matters cannot BE UNDERESTIMATED. All communities are now COMPELLED to burry instantly. NO FEASTS in the funeral, NO DISCOS, NO LENGTHY unwarranted procedures, in short, all are now doing it THE ISLAMIC WAY; what a beautiful thing. Burying the dead is one way to ensure that the dead are ACCORDED DIGNITY AND RESPECT and that the feelings of their living loved ones are considered. Throughout history, RELIGIONS, TRADITIONS and CULTURAL PRACTICES have influenced the ways in which the dead are managed both in TIMES OF PEACE, CONFLICT and PANDEMIC OUTBURST like now. In Islam, human dignity is a RIGHT GIVEN BY GOD to all humans, Muslims or non-Muslims. Islam grants rights to humans BEFORE they are even BORN and others AFTER THEIR DEATH. Whether dead or alive, the human body—created by God in THE PERFECT SHAPE—must be given dignity and respectable sendoff; CLEANSED, SHROUDED, PERFUMED, PRAYED ON and BURIED while STILL FRESH and not kept in a morgue FOR MONTHS ON END, DECAYED or OVER REFRIGERATED. Respecting the mortal remains of the deceased necessitates decently burying them in order to prevent their bodies from being preyed upon BY WILD ANIMALS, WORMS or rendering them a PUBLIC NUISANCE. The honorable burial of the deceased is a COLLECTIVE OBLIGATION on the Muslim community and thus the entire Muslim community will be GUILTY if a Muslim body is not buried UNLESS the burial WAS BEYOND THEIR KNOWLEDGE OR CAPACITY. Quick burial for our dead is a PARAMOUNT ETIQUETTE IN ISLAM and am DISMAYED that it took THIS PANDEMIC TO REMIND the world of the DECREE OF GOD ALMIGHTY, which Islam has been TEACHING for eternity. Respect for dead bodies manifests itself in diverse ways in DIFFERENT CULTURES around the world. CREMATION IS PROHIBITED under Islamic law just like KEEPING IT IN THE MORGUE for whatever reason for WEEKS, MONTHS and EVEN YEARS because, unlike in some cultures, it is considered a violation of the dignity of the human body. ISLAM IS SIMPLE, just practice it. WASH YOUR HANDS five times a day, USE WATER to CLEANSE YOUR FRONT and REAR, avoid UNNECESSARY greetings, kissing, hugging and you will be safe. May God Almighty have mercy on our dead……….Amin.

عَنْ جُبَيْرِ بْنِ نُفَيْرٍ، سَمِعَهُ يَقُولُ سَمِعْتُ عَوْفَ بْنَ مَالِكٍ، يَقُولُ صَلَّى رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم عَلَى جَنَازَةٍ فَحَفِظْتُ مِنْ دُعَائِهِ وَهُوَ يَقُولُ ‏”‏ اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لَهُ وَارْحَمْهُ وَعَافِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنْهُ وَأَكْرِمْ نُزُلَهُ وَوَسِّعْ مُدْخَلَهُ وَاغْسِلْهُ بِالْمَاءِ وَالثَّلْجِ وَالْبَرَدِ وَنَقِّهِ مِنَ الْخَطَايَا كَمَا نَقَّيْتَ الثَّوْبَ الأَبْيَضَ مِنَ الدَّنَسِ وَأَبْدِلْهُ دَارًا خَيْرًا مِنْ دَارِهِ وَأَهْلاً خَيْرًا مِنْ أَهْلِهِ وَزَوْجًا خَيْرًا مِنْ زَوْجِهِ وَأَدْخِلْهُ الْجَنَّةَ وَأَعِذْهُ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ أَوْ مِنْ عَذَابِ النَّارِ‏” قَالَ حَتَّى تَمَنَّيْتُ أَنْ أَكُونَ أَنَا ذَلِكَ الْمَيِّتَ ‏.‏ قَالَ وَحَدَّثَنِي عَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنُ جُبَيْرٍ حَدَّثَهُ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ عَوْفِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم بِنَحْوِ هَذَا الْحَدِيثِ أَيْضًا ‏.‏

Jubair b. Nufair says: I heard it from ‘Auf b. Malik that the Prophet (ﷺ) said a prayer on the dead body, and I remembered his prayer:” O Allah! forgive him, have mercy upon him, give him peace and absolve him. Receive him with honor and make his grave spacious; wash him with water, snow, and hail. Cleanse him from faults as Thou wouldst cleanse a white garment from impurity. Requite him with an abode more excellent than his abode, with a family better than his family, and with a mate better than his mate. Admit him to the Garden, and protect him from the torment of the grave and the torment of the Fire.” (‘Auf bin Malik) said: I earnestly desired that I were this dead body.

Sahih Muslim (The Book of Prayer – Funerals)
Reference: Sahih Muslim 963 a, 963 b

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