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Why do Muslims have Fast Burials?

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Answered by: Maulana Shadman Ahmed


Salam. Is anyone aware of a link or a reference to why the burial must happen as soon as possible for Muslims? (It’s to give as an answer to some non-Muslims).

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

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


Wa Alaykum Assalam,

Islam along with other religions, such as Judaism, commands to bury the deceased as soon as the death, without any unneeded delay. This is due to the fact after the soul has departed the body, the body starts to decay and change. The rightful and respectful place for this process to occur is inside the Earth away from the eyes of others.

In addition to this, there have been many narrations from our Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, ordering the Muslims to hasten the burial. If the soul is of a pious person then the soul should be hastened to the enjoyments of the Hereafter; and if the soul is deserving of justice, then it should be hastened to the trial of the Hereafter.[1]

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Shadman Ahmed

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1] al-Kāsānī, ’Alā al-Dīn Abū Bakr b. Mas’ūd. Badāi’ al-Ṣanāi’ fī Tartīb al-Sharāi’. Vol. 1. Pg. 299. Dār al-Kutub al-’Ilmmiyyah, 567H.

al-Mullā ’Alī al-Qārī. Mirqāt al-Mafātīh Sharh Mishkāt al-Maṣābīh. Vol. 3. Pg. 1192. Dār al-Fikr, 1014H.

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