Funeral advice

Ethic

Those people who are present should encourage the dying person to repeat after
them the Declaration of Faith (Shahaadah) until he or she passes away confirming
Allaah’s unique oneness (Tawheed). Both Aboo Sa ‘eed al-Khudree and Aboo
Hurayrah quoted the Prophet ‘aleyhe Salatu wa’essalem’ as saying,

“Prompt your dying ones (to say): laa ilaaha il-lal-laah,and whoever’s last words before dying are: laa ilaaha il-lal-laah, will enter paradise one day, even if he is afflicted before that by punishment.”

The dying person should be encouraged  to recite the following Testimony

  1. When the soul departs, the eyes  should be closed and the body covered.
  2. Washing (ghusl) of the body is obligatory, except in the case of a martyr. If water is unavailable, then Tayammum should be performed.The spouse is permitted to wash the other. The Messenger of Allah (S) said to Aishah “If you would pass away, I would wash and shroud you.” [Ibn Majah, Ahmad]
  3. The shroud (kafn) is obligatory ,a clean white shroud (kafn) is recommended. The Messenger of Allah (S) said:“Wear white clothes, since they are the best of your clothes, and shroud your dead with them.” [At-Tirmithi]
  4. Performing the funeral prayer (janazah)for the muslim deceased , like the burial is a collective duty.

Admin

  1. Getting the medical certificate depends on different situations :

    If someone dies at home:

    Call the family doctor and nearest relative immediately. If the person did not have a GP or you do not know the name of the GP, call 999 and ask for an ambulance. If the death was expected, the doctor will give you a medical certificate showing the cause of death. They’ll also give you a formal notice saying they’ve signed the medical certificate and telling you how to register the death.

    If someone dies in hospital:

    The hospital will usually issue a medical certificate and formal notice. The body will usually be kept in the hospital mortuary until the funeral directors or relatives arrange for the body to be taken home. A hospital may ask you for permission to carry out a post-mortem examination to learn more about the cause of death. You do not have to agree to this.

    Unexpected death

    If someone dies unexpectedly, or the family doctor hasn’t seen them in the last 14 days, the death is reported to a coroner. A coroner is a doctor or lawyer responsible for investigating unexpected deaths. They may call for a post-mortem or inquest. This may take some time, so the funeral may need to be delayed.

    Death abroad

    If someone dies abroad, register the death according to the regulations of the country and get a consulate death certificate. Register it with the British Consul in the country too, so a record can be kept in the UK. Returning a body to the UK is expensive but the cost may be covered by any travel insurance taken out by the person. If the death was on a package holiday the tour operator should be able to help with arrangements. If a body is returned to the UK, the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages for the district where the funeral is to take place must be told and will need to issue a certificate before burial can take place

  2. Register the Death  here if it happens in Bracknell.
  3. You’ll get a copy of death certificate and a green form (Form 9)( or a White if coroner involved), which is to be given to the funeral director and a white form (Form 344) which should be sent to <HMRC (Universal credit, Tax credit) benefits>
  4. In the case of Moving a body for a funeral abroad, even though recommandation is to bury localy, (unless for some valid reasons (most relatives abroad- no muslim section- desecration risks)

    You will need permission from a coroner to move a body for a funeral abroad. Apply at least 4 days before you want the body to be moved. If the deceased is citizen of destination country, please contact the Consul to ask for help.

  5. http://gardens-of-peace.org.uk is a private Muslim Cemetery and a funeral director  contacted by BICS who  accepted to provide the full  funeral islamic service (ghusl,transport and janazah £950) in addition to burial plots (£2800 for adult) at the Muslim Cemetery located in east London about 67miles/1h20 driving distance from Bracknell (address 57 Elmbridge Road, Hainault, Ilford Essex IG6 3SW) according to the sunnah method (Shrouds without coffin). you’ll need to provide the green form, fill out a form and pay the fees(payment delay might be possible).  If you can manage the funeral service with the family and friends you’ll only need to pay the plot’s fee(£2800) and the funeral director will help whenever needed, There are no extra fees for weekend or bank holiday burials.
  6. It is also very much appreciated to know that Bracknell council running Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium has reserved a section for Muslims (fees). Graves within this section are oriented towards Mecca.However due to council’s management necessary requirements, no interment will be permitted without coffin.
  7. The deceased may have taken out a pre-paid funeral plan, please check and find out if they have already purchased a grave space. if not, even if the bank account of the deceased has been frozen following the death it may be possible to have funds released from the bank.
  8. As the government supports the needy upon birth, it also does upon death. if you are on low income and reponsible for the funeral, you can claim a Funeral Payment using form SF200 or over the phone. You must claim within 3 months of the funeral.
  9. If you though struggle with the payment please let us know                     “Truly! To Allah we all belong and truly, to Him we will return”  

A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR MUSLIMS

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