A Morbid Poll I know. - page 15
Now I know this may seem rather morbid to some. It really isnt meant to be. But as nurses some of the issues we have to face are the decisions that patients and families have made for the end of... Read More
Jan 11, '09Death is not morbid; it is a fact and something we can all agree on....it will touch each and everyone of us.
As a Muslim, I will be buried (assuming body is intact), in two pieces of white cloth called a shroud. If I am still working in Saudi Arabia and die here then I will be buried in a simple Islamic manner. First washed in a prescribed manner, wrapped in my shroud, prayed over in special prayer called the 'Janazah' in the mosgue, taken to the grave yard and laid in a grave by relatives or close friends (brothers in Islam). The body is placed in a carved out area facing the Qiblah or the direction of prayer all Muslims face which is toward Makkah. Then the sand will be placed on top of the body all the while those in attendance will be making supplications to Allah for me and on my behalf and being reminded of their own death to come. This is one of the reasons to attend the funeral. Another reason is that it is one of the 5 rights that the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said every Muslim has over another. One of the rigths is to attend his (her) funeral. The reality of death is brought home in this manner.
Also, there is no embalming in Islam unless a Muslim is in a country that it is ordered by law. If a casket must be used, it is a simple wooden box. Nothing fancy, which frankly, saves a family thousands of dollars reducing what is often a financial burden. Finally, we are buried the day of the death (unless an autopsy must be done for legal reasons). Autopsies are otherwise unlawful in Islam.
There are no raised head stones and all graves look the same. Nothing fancy, no flowers, etc. It is also not permitted to step on the grave.