Muslim Funeral Guide

To ensure a quick burial of a departed Brother or Sister in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The first step in all cases is to contact the following people immediately:

1) Family Doctor
2) Funeral Director 
3) Local Imam          
4) Close Relatives

Death at Home / Hospital ,Cause of Death Know

1. If the deceased persons GP had attended them, at home, during their last illness and, can certify the cause of death or, if at hospital, the doctor is aware of the cause of death, then a Medical Certificate will be issued free of charge, stating the cause of death.

2. Inform the funeral director that a Medical Certificate has been issued. He will make arrangements with the cemetery and arrange for the body to be taken for washing.

3. To register the death, you should take the Medical Certificate to the Registrar of Births and Deaths of the area where the death took place (the Registrar is usually based at the Civic Offices or the Town Hall - your doctor, local council, post office, or police station should know the address)
Further Information

4. When you go to the registrar you should also take the following:

the deceased's NHS Medical Card (if available),

Birth and Marriage Certificates (if available).

You should inform the Registrar of: the date and place of death; the deceased's usual address; the deceased's date, town and country of birth; the date and place of death; the deceased's occupation and (if married) the date of birth of the deceased's widow/er.

5. The Registrar issues 2 free certificates:
A. Certificate for Burial
(green form) - this form should be given to the funeral director as an authorisation for burial.
B. Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8)
this is for Social Security purposes and for probate etc... This certificate can be taken to the Social Security Office if you wish to claim death grant or widows benefit. You have to wait for this certificate otherwise it will be posted to you.

Patience in Grief

The loss of a loved one causes severe grief and sorrow, which only the mourner can truly understand. The bereaved should be extended a sincere hand of sympathy and support by relatives and Muslim brothers and sisters. A Muslim struck by affliction
should draw deeply on his faith in Allah and display the utmost patience, with the knowledge that all life is a gift from Allah which he gives and takes as he chooses, for he is the compassionate and is full of mercy. The believers should find consolation, that they will be re-united with their loved ones in the Hereafter Insha'Allah, and they should strive to attain this through righteous deeds and worship of Allah according to
the Quran & Sunnah. It is clearly stated in the Quran, "For those who patiently persevere, there is the attainment of the final home. Gardens of perpetual bliss, they shall enter there, as well as the righteous among their forefathers, their spouses and their offspring." Surah Ar-Raíd 13:22-23

What Benefits the Dead?

The deceased should not be forgotten, they now face the future alone and can no longer act on their own accord. They can however derive benefits from our supplications and actions (charity), which are done on their behalf.

Prayers for the Dead
The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, ‘There is no person who has died and who has Muslims whose number reach one hundred praying for him and they intercede on his behalf, except that it will be accepted." (Muslim)

The dead will feel the presence of his brothers after his burial for a period of time no longer than it takes to slaughter a lamb and distribute its meat.
The meaning of the above statement by ‘Amr bin Al-'Aas has preceded: ‘ After you have buried me, sit around my grave
for a period of time no longer then it takes to slaughter a lamb and distribute its meat, so that I feel your presence, and see what I will review with the Angels of my Lord.' (Muslim)


Supplications for the Deceased Immediately after Burial
Related from Uthman bin Affan that whenever the Messenger of Allah completed the burial of a deceased he would stand over him and say, ‘Seek forgiveness for your brother, and ask that he be firm because he is now being questioned.' (Abu Dawud)

Continuing Charity

The Messenger of Allah said, "When anyone dies all his actions cease except in three cases, continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a pious child that makes supplications for him." (Muslim)

Charity given by his Child

It is related from Aisha (RA) that a man said to the Prophet,
"My mother died all of a sudden. I think if she was able to talk she would give charity, so would she receive any reward if I gave charity on her behalf?" He replied, "Yes". (Bukhari/Muslim)

Supplications and seeking Forgiveness  by all the other Muslims and Believers

The Messenger of Allah said, ‘Whoever seeks forgiveness for believing men and women, Allah will write him a blessing for each believing man and woman.' (Saheeh al-Jaami)


Funeral Prayer


The funeral prayer is a petition of mercy for the deceased. In joining it, there is mercy and blessing for both you and the deceased.