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Burial
By:Ch. Hawkins / Dr. Shabbir
Date: Tuesday, 14 July 2009, 8:58 am

ASA Dear Dr. Shabbir,

I pray that you are well and that Allah continues to bless you and your family.

Dr. Shabbir, I had a conversation this morning with a dear friend regarding a recent death of someone we knew. My friend mentioned it’s a good thing we're Muslim because the friend who died was Muslim but his wife wasn't and he feared that she did not bury him properly as a Muslim should be laid to rest. He said that its known as in Judaism that the body be committed to the earth as soon as possible preferably within 72 hours. I asked my friend where did he hear or read that and he said more than likely in Hadith.

Which led to my writing you. Is there a system that Muslim's should follow regarding burials? The traditional ways are not how I want to be buried, what advice or guidance based on the Quran could you offer.

Respectfully,

Charles Abdus Salaam Hawkins
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Dear brother, WA

The Quran does not concern itself with the dead. The Book is a guidance for the living.

Burial: Just use common sense. Yes, there is a Hadith encouraging quick rather than delayed burial.

SA