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Why do Muslims Hasten the Burial?

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Answered by: Maulana Selim Saldiran

Question

Why is it important that the burial happens as soon as possible for Muslims?

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Answer:

It is established in the sunnah that it is important to hasten the funeral process when someone dies.[1] The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Hasten the burial rites” (Bukhari)

The reason for this is also mentioned in the hadith. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Hasten the burial rites, for if it is pious, you are speeding it to goodness and if it is otherwise, you are laying an evil off your necks.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Selim Saldiran

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1] al-Binaya sharh al-Hidaya, DKI, 3/243

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