mortuary, transport to the local mosque or Ghusl facility, deceased and be able to carry out the Ghusl The details are in the pdf document on our website.

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A guide to Muslim Funerals 2 Contents: About funerals in Islam 3 About Muslim Funeral Services 5 Near Death 8 Ghusl Procedure 13 Kaffan 17 Salatul Janaza 26 Burial Process 31 Cemetery 37 Period of Iddah 39 Ghusl Room 41 Funeral Costs 44 Forms 46 Funeral Savings Plan 48 Frequently asked questions 53 My Funeral Wish 60 Islamic Will 61 Muslim Cemetery Ð Future Project 62 Contact Us 63

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A guide to Muslim Funerals 3 About F unerals in Islam In Islam the entire funeral process is the duty and responsibility of every local Muslim community. It is an obligatory act for at least 1 member of the community to perform this duty (referred to as Fard -e-kifa ya – an obligation which if performed by 1 member of the community, then the entire community absolved from the respo nsibility, and if not then the entire community is sinful & accountable for this omission). In Queensland this role has been shared betwe en the local mosque and a local Non Muslim Funeral Director in the past . Muslim Funeral Services Ltd (MFS) was established in 2010 to fulfil the role of a Muslim Funeral Director within the Brisbane and Gold Coast communities, and we are the only Muslim Funeral Director in Queensland. We are happy to provide any advice & assistance even for deaths outside Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Muslims bury the deceased as soon as possible, preferably within 24 hours. The process involves three essential steps: 1. Washing & Shrouding the body

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A guide to Muslim Funerals 4 2. The Funeral Prayer 3. The Burial Process All the deceased Muslims are buried and there is no cremation. There is usually no need for embalming. An i mportant note for the Nursing Home, Hospital or Doctor regarding the “Cause of Death” certificate. Kindly note that the Funeral for Muslims takes place as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours after death. Therefore there is some urgency in ensuring that the “Cause of Death Certificate” be available as soon as possible. Your understanding and assistance in fulfilling this important rite will be highly appreciated. It is preferable not to have a post mortem performed unless absolutely essential for medico -legal purposes. The information in this book is intended to provide an overview of the services available. T here may be specific exceptions to the general principles contained herein. We are happy to provide further detailed information to you, your committee, to Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Emergency Services, Ambulance, Polic e or other Funeral Directors who may be required to perform a Muslim Burial. See www.mfs.asn.au for further information at all times. Kindly feel free to contact us at any time.

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A guide to Muslim Funerals 5 About Muslim Funeral Services Muslim Funeral Services Ltd (MFS) was established in 2010 to fulfil the role of the Funeral Director to the Muslim Communities across all of the Brisbane and Gold Coast suburbs. It is a result of joint efforts between Brisbane Muslim Burial Services Inc . (BMBS) and the Gold Coast Islamic Society burial committee. These services have until now been outsourced. The services we provide will include all the transport arrangements for the deceased which w ill include the pick up of the Janaza (deceased) from the hom e, hospital or mortuary, tr ansport to the local mosque or Ghusl facility, where the G husl (washing) and shrouding will be performed, and then the final transport to the local cemetery. We will liaise with the local council to book the grave site for buria l and complete all the necessary paperwork and regulatory requirements including registration of the death with the appropriate government department. Our Ghusl and mortuary facilities are based at the Kuraby Masjid, 1408 Beenleigh Road, Kuraby, in Brisba ne Queensland , but you may choose to have the G husl performed at any other facility. Although we are based at the Kuraby Masjid, we are

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A guide to Muslim Funerals 6 an autonomous private company formed for the benefit of the entire Queensland Muslim Community, and are not a part of a ny Masjid or Islamic society. Alhamdulillah we have been able to provide our services and to approximately 40 families per year across Queensland, including Harvey Bay and Rockhampton and have repatriated Janazas to Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and India and have also received Janaza s from the United Kingdom. MFS is a accredited member of the Queensland Funeral Directors Association (QFDA). MFS Ltd is a privately funded company and is managed entirely by volunteers, and operates as a non-profit business entity. All proceeds from the business will be utilised to provide ongoing funeral services within the Muslim Community, and none of the directors or committee members benefit financially from MFS Ltd. All we reque st in return is that you remember us and our volunteers kindly in your D uas (prayers). We also pray that Allah (SWT) guides us to provide this essential service to the best of our ability within the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah for the benefit of the Muslim community. Alhamdulillah, we are very fortunate to have private

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A guide to Muslim Funerals 8 Near Death WHEN A MUSLIM IS AT THE POINT OF DEATH: Family members of the dying person and his/her closest friends should be informed and should be present at his side to help him turn his thoughts to Allah, encourage him very gently to repent, remind him about all the good deeds that he did, about AllahÕs mercy, and AllahÕs forgiveness. Those who are present near a dying Muslim should do the following: ¥ they should be kind and patient ¥ they should never leave the person alone ¥ they should give them hope They should prompt him very gently (encourage without insiste nce) every now and then to say the Shahada: “Ashadu Allah ilaha il -lallahu, wa ashhadu anna Muhammadun abduhu wa Rasullullah”, which means ÔI bear witness that there is no God but Allah (SWT), and that Muhammed (SAW) is his servant & messengerÕ in a very k ind and sincere manner as these may be his last words. WHEN DEATH OCCURS: Many deaths occur in medical institutions. There is a occasionally a concern that a Muslim who dies in such an institution may not be treated in accordance with Islamic

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A guide to Muslim Funerals 9 tradition e specially when family members may not present at the time of death. If death is expected, the family may contact MFS or mosque at this stage to facilitate arrangements. There have been concerns relating to how the body of the deceased may be handled and this can be quite distressful to the family, particularly when the handlers are of the opposite gender and the family may not be present. In order to counteract these possible problems emerging, a number of guidelines are suggested and initiatives have been set up to reduce this anxiety for all concerned. It is preferable that hospital staff wear gloves and avoid unnecessary handling of the body of the deceased. The body should NOT be washed in preparation for the funeral, except for any necessary cleans ing which may required. The washing in preparation for burial is a very important duty which the deceasedÕs family members or members of the community are obliged to perform. When death comes the body should be handled with the utmost respect, gentlene ss and decency. Firstly, kindly ensure that the following procedures have been carried out, preferably by staff members of the same

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A guide to Muslim Funerals 10 gender as the deceased: ¥ Any tubes, false teeth, contact lenses or artificial limbs should be removed ¥ Any incisions plugged s o as to prevent a flow of blood ¥ Close the eyes of the deceased ¥ Bind the lower jaw with a bandage or a strip of cloth tied on the top of the head in order that the mouth is held in a closed position ¥ The ankles must be fastened together with a bandage or strip of cloth to avoid opening of the legs ¥ Arms must be placed straight down the side of the body with straightened fingers ¥ The body, still fully clothed, should then be wrapped in a sheet ¥ Anybody in the state of Janaabat (in need of compulsory BATH), Hai dh (menstruation) or Nifas (postnatal bleeding) should not appear in the presence or of close proximity of the body ¥ Quranic recitations should not be performed near the body until after Ghusl (Bathing of the deceased) is given ¥ If death occurs in Hospital t hen the family should wait at the Hospital until the MFS member arrives to uplift the Janaza or till the body to be placed in the hospital mortuary before leaving ¥ The staff should inform the doctor as soon as possible, to arrange for the death certificate at the earliest convenience

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A guide to Muslim Funerals 11 ¥ The funeral takes place as soon as possible so it is crucial that the death certificate be arranged promptly ¥ The body shall remain at the hospital ward or mortuary, untouched, until such time when the paperwork has been issued t o release the body to the funeral director. Important Note for the Nursing Home, Hospital or Doctor Kindly note that the Funeral takes place as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours , but this may be as soon as 6 Ð 8 hours after death. Therefore the re is usually some urgency in ensuring that the “Cause of Death” certificate be available as soon as possible PLEASE. Your understanding and assistance in this regard will be highly appreciated.

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