Performing Janaazah Salaah for a deceased that is not present

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: Can Janaazah Salaah be performed for a deceased who passes away in a) another country, b) drowned or involved in a plane crash where the body has not been recovered?


A: Among the conditions for the validity of the Janaazah Salaah is that the deceased should be present at the place of the Janaazah Salaah. Hence in the case where the Janaazah Salaah is performed on a deceased who is not present, the Janaazah Salaah will not be valid.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

( ووضعه ) وكونه هو أو أكثره ( أمام المصلي ) وكونه للقبلة فلا تصح على غائب ومحمول على نحو دابة وموضوع خلفه (الدر المختار 2/208)

ومن الشروط حضور الميت ووضعه وكونه أمام المصلي فلا تصح على غائب ولا على محمول على دابة ولا على موضوع خلفه هكذا في النهر الفائق (الفتاوى الهندية 1/164)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)