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1.  Does one need to have wudu for the janazah prayer?

“All the conditions and prerequisites that have been mentioned for prayer will also apply for the funeral prayer. However, there is one additional condition for the funeral prayer. That is, one must have knowledge of the person’s death. The person who is not informed of this will be excused and funeral prayer will not be necessary on him.”

From this we can ascertain, that yes, wudu is a condition for the validity of the funeral prayer.

2. Ajbu Dhanab- Coccyx- This is the one part of our bodies that does not decay. It is believed that this is from where we will be resurrected.

3. Can women visit graves in the Hanafi madhab? Yes, it is permissible. For proofs please visit here.

4. Can we place flowers on a grave? Please read below or visit here for the full answer. .
“Placing green stalks and the like on graves

… Its evidence is that which has been reported in the hadiths that the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) placed a green stalk after breaking it in half on the grave of the two who were being punished [in their graves]… It is taken from the reasoning [given by the fuqaha, which is that the punishment is lessened by the tasbih of the stalk] and from the hadith [itself] that it is recommended to place them, in order to follow the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace). Analogy can be made from this for that which people customarily do in our times by places myrtle boughs and the like. A number of Shafi`i fuqaha have also stated this. This [reasoning] is superior to that which some Malikis stated that the lessening of the punishment of the grave for the two only happened by the baraka of the noble hand of the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) or by his supplication, so [they said that] analogy may not be made on this. Bukhari (Allah have mercy on him) mentioned in his Sahih that Burayda ibn al-Husayb (Allah be pleased with him) stipulated that two green stalks be placed on his grave. And Allah knows best.” [Ibn Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar, ‘Bab al-Jana’iz]

Imam Abu Bakr Ibn Abi Shayba has a chapter in his Musannaf that he titled ‘That Which Reduces The Punishment of the Grave,’ in which he mentioned narrations from Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) regarding this.

Even Ibn Taymiyya (Allah have mercy on him), with his very narrow understanding of innovation said,

“The scholars deduced from [the hadiths regarding] placing the green stalks on graves that one may plant trees and flowers on the grave. They did not explain how exactly, though it is established that he (Allah bless him & give him peace) planted one stalk on each grave. Therefore, the purpose is fulfilled by placing them anywhere. It has been reported, though, by Ibn Humayd in his Musnad that, “The Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) placed the stalk on the grave at the level of the head.” [Ibn Taymiyya, al-Fatawa al-Fiqhiyya al-Kubra, ‘Kitab al-Jana’iz’, 2: 9]

The rest insha’Allah I will add later.

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Laysal Ghareeb

This is the poem we listened to: (well at least the English translation)

The Stranger Is Not..


1) The stranger is not the stranger to Yemen or Shaam

But the stranger is the stranger to the grave and the coffin


2) Verily the stranger has rights for his absence

Over the residents of the dwellings & homelands.


3) Don’t chase away the outlander in his state of unfamiliarity

For time is also chasing him with hardship & distress


4) My travels are far and my provisions will not suffice me

My strength has weakened and death is calling unto me.


5) I still have sins which I know not of

Allah knows of them; those made in secret & in manifest


6) How merciful has Allah been to me by giving me respite

And I have increased in sins but Allah has always shielded me


7) The hours of my days pass by without regret

No crying, no fear, no sadness


8) I am the one who closes the doors with fatigue

on disobedience, & The Eye of Allah watches over me..


9) O’ that which was written in a moment of heedlessness

O’ the sorrow which remains in my heart is burning me.


10) Leave me to bewail myself and weep

and pass the time in sadness and remembrance.


11) Leave off your Blaming of me O’ Ye who do so..

If you were but to know my situation you would have excused me..


12) Let me cry out tears that have no ending to them

for there will be no lesson that will set me free


13)It is As though I am with that family, laying..

Upon the mattress with their hands turning me over.


14) And they came to me with a doctor that he may cure me..

But of today I think not that medicine will benefit me..


15) My sufferings increased and death began to pull at me ..

From every vein, without ease or comfort..



16) My soul was then removed from me with a gurgle..

And my saliva became bitter at that point..


17) They then shut my eyes and left me…

after a long moment of despair,…. they hurried to the purchase of the shroud


18) And he who was dearest to me got up in a hurry..

To summon the person who was to wash me..


19) He said: O’ my people we have attained a Washer who is skillful, clever, bright & intelligent..


20)So then one of the men came and removed my clothing..

He undressed me and denuded me…


21) They then placed me on top of a board

And the sound of water above me began to clean me


22)He poured the water on top of me and washed me..

Three times, before calling out to the people for the Shroud..


23) They shrouded me in a sleeveless garment..

And my provisions became the embalmment in which they embalmed me


24. They Bore me towards my journey Out of this World, Oh How Sorrowful!!

Will be this journey for which I have no provisions to take along with me.


25. Upon their shoulders, they carried me, Four….

Men, and behind me are those who come to bid me farewell


26.They set me before the mihraab then turned away from me

Behind the Imaam they went and he prayed on me then bade me farewell


27. They prayed over me a prayer consisting of neither Rukoo’ nor Sujood

Asking that Allah may have Mercy upon me.


28. They lowered me into my grave slowly

And one of them came forward to place me in the Lahd


29 He raised the garment from my face to gaze upon me

And the tears spilt from his eyes awashing me


30 Then he stood, honoring me, firm and resolute

And lined the bricks on my body then left me


31. And he said “Throw the dirt upon him and reap

The great rewards from Ar-Rahmaan, The Most Gracious”


32. In the darkness of the grave, no mother is there nor,

Is there an affectionate father, or a brother to comfort me


33. Alone….The only inhabitant of the Grave Oh how Sorrowful!!

Am I on parting the world bearing no Deeds to provision me.


34. And a sight which beheld my eye struck terror into me.

From a place of terror it came and startled me..”


35. Munkar and Nakeer, what shall I say to them?

The thought of them strikes terror into me, it causes me fear


36. And they made me to sit and put forth their questions

I have none other Than You now O Lord to deliver me!!.


37. So bestow upon me from your Mercy O Lord, How I hope in You!!

For verily I am fettered in my sins, I am confined by them


38. The relatives have divided my wealth amongst them after leaving me.

And my sins are now upon my back, burdening me


39. My wife has taken another husband in my place

And she has appointed him as overseer over my wealth and my home


40. She has made my children into servants to bid unto her needs

And my wealth has become to them a worthless means of enjoyment


41. So let not this World and its adornments deceive you.

And look at its (evil) effects in your family and homeland


42. And look at the one who collects the wealth of this Dunya in abundance

Will he depart from this world bearing other than the death shroud and embalmment?


43. Take from the dunya that which suffices you and be contented with that

Even if you were to have naught but good health


44. O ye who sow good, you will reap the fruit of your efforts.

O ye who sow evil you will find yourselves overcome with grief


45. O soul of mine, abstain from sinning and attain instead

Deeds which are Beautiful, for which Allah may be merciful towards me


46. O soul of mine, Woe upon you! Turn towards your lord in Repentance, and do that which is good

So that you will be recompensed after your death with that which is delightful


47. Lastly sending prayers upon the Chosen one, Our Sayyid (leader)


48. All praise is unto Allah, May he fill our days and nights with that which is Good, with forgiveness

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