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Which Direction Should the Feet Of the Deceased Be In the Grave?

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Question: Which direction should the feet of the deceased be in the grave?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

The deceased has to be lying perpendicular to the direction of the qibla. It is recommended that he be on his right, and  it is offensive to be on his left. He cannot be on his back with his feet towards the qibla.

If the direction of the body is incorrect, it must be dug up and buried properly. If the body has been in the grave for some time, and the body has started to decay, one would not dig the grave up. [Tuhfat al-Muhtaj, Ibn Hajar]

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid Dingle

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