Women Performing Funeral Prayer
As-Salamu `Alaykum. What is the Islamic ruling concerning Muslim women praying Funeral Prayer?
Answer (Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi) :
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In his response to the question, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), states the following:
“Some people think that Muslim women are not allowed to perform the Funeral Prayer or Salatul Janazah.
There is no basis for this belief. Both Muslim men and women are urged
to perform Funeral Prayer for those who die among them.
It is the right of the deceased Muslim upon those who are living
that they take good care of him. The Funeral Prayer is a collective
obligation or Fard Kifayah for men. If a person dies in a community and some people among them perform the Janazah
Prayer for the deceased, then all others have no blame. But if no one
in the community performs it then the sin of this negligence will fall
on the whole community. Islam does not insist that women must come out
for the Janazah Prayer, but if they are available then they should join other Muslims in the prayers.
Of course, like other prayers, this Janazah Prayer also requires purification or Taharah and ablution. Women during their menses are not allowed to perform the Janazah Prayer.
When we perform the Janazah Prayers we do not only seek
Allah’s Blessings and Forgiveness for the Muslim male or female who
passed away, but we also receive the Blessings of Allah for our own
It is important that more and more Muslims attend the Janazah
Prayers of other Muslims. Abu-Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him,
quoted the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, as saying:"(A
believer) who accompanies the funeral procession of a Muslim out of
sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's reward and remains with it
till the funeral prayer is offered and the burial ceremonies are over,
he will return with a reward of two Qirats. Each Qirat is like the size
of the (Mount) Uhud. He who offers the funeral prayer only and returns
before the burial, will return with the reward of one Qirat only.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari)”
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Source : Islamonline
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