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What Is the Proper Conduct of a Muslim Woman During the Entire Funeral Process?

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Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaykum,

What should be the conduct of a woman in attending the entire funeral process?

Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

In general, it is disliked for women to attend and follow the funeral rites and procession with the men. [Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah]

However, if proper arrangements can be made with respect to participation and attendance, then it would be permitted for them to attend.

As for attending the ritual bathing (ghusl), this is problematic because it is possible that some of the nakedness may become uncovered. Moreover, we strive to maintain the dignity of the deceased as much as reasonably possible, and allowing others to watch without need or benefit would negate this.

What would be superior would be to supplicate and recite Qur’an for them. [see: Donating Reward to the Dead: A Detailed Answer]

See also: Standing for a Funeral Procession

And Allah alone knows best.

في حاشية الطحطاوي على مراقي الفلاح: قوله : ويكره اتباع النساء الجنائز أي تحريما كما في الدر اهـ.
وفي رد المحتار: قوله: (ويكره خروجهن تحريما) لقوله عليه الصلاة والسلام: ارجعن مأزورات غيرة مأجورات رواه ابن ماجه بسند ضعيف، لكن يعضده المعنى الحادث باختلاف الزمان الذي أشارت إليه عائشة بقولها: لو أن رسول الله (ص) رأى ما أحدث النساء بعده لمنعهن كما منعت نساء بني إسرائيل، وهذا في نساء زمانها، فما ظنك بنساء زماننا. وأما ما في الصحيحين عن أم عطية: نهينا عن اتباع الجنائز ولم يعزم علينا أي أنه نهي تنزيه فينبغي أن يختص بذلك الزمن حيث كان يباح لهن الخروج للمساجد والاعياد، وتمامه في شرح المنية. اهـ.

Tabraze Azam

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