What the living can do for the dead

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This is a detailed, yet easily accessible, manual on what to do when someone dies. It covers the procedures due upon a person’s death. The rites of preparing the body for burial, the bathing, the shrouding, and the procedure for funeral prayer, according to all four Sunni schools, are discussed. Many important questions are answered.

Is it permitted to transport the body abroad for burial?
Can a headstone be placed on the grave?
What can the heirs do for their deceased loved ones after burial?
What are the etiquette for visiting graves?
Is the posthumous donation of reward (isal al-thawab) permissible?
Finally, how does one make atonements and expiations and settle debts on behalf of the deceased?

“A very good blend of classical scholarship with modern information that is sure to educate.”
—Dr. Omer Hasem El-Hamdoon, President, Muslim Association of Britain

“Indeed, an important reference point for all on this subject that concerns us all.”
—Dr Mansur Ali, Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Cardiff University

“I hope this book becomes a means of reviving the Sunna and rejecting innovation, and that it inspires many to prepare for the ultimate meeting with their Lord.”
—Shaykh Zahir Mahmood, Principal, As-Suffa Institute

The Author
Dr. Shahrul Hussain is a graduate of the University of Al-Azhar, Cairo. He completed his traditional Islamic education (dars-i nizami) at Birmingham’s first Islamic School, Darul Uloom al-Islamiyyah al-Arabiyyah. He is the Chair of Directors of the Abrahamic Foundation and a lecturer in Islamic Studies at the Markfield Institute for Higher Education, in partnership with Newman University Birmingham. He lectures in Qur’an and hadith studies and Islamic theology and jurisprudence. He has particular research interests in international Islamic law and contemporary Islamic jurisprudence