“Every soul shall have a taste of death; and only on the Day of Resurrection shall you be paid your
full recompense. Only he who is saved far from the Fire and admitted to Paradise, he indeed is
successful. The life of this world is only the enjoyment of deception (a deceiving thing).”
[surat Al-Imraan, verse 185]
In Islamic teaching, when a Muslim is dying he will be asked to pronounce “Laa ilaaha illal Laah” which means “There is no God but Allah”. After the person has passed away, family members should say “Inna Lillahi Wa inna ilaihi Raje’oon” which means “To Allah we belong, and to Him we return”
According to Islamic law or known as “shariah“, the body should be buried as soon as possible from the time of death. Therefore a local Islamic community should be contacted as they will help the family in organizing funeral.
In preparing the body, the body must be washed three times from the upper right side, to the upper left side, then to the lower right side follow by lower left side. After that the body is placed on top of three large pieces of white shrouds. Both hands of the deceased are positioned on his chest before the wrapping. The shrouds is then secured with ropes; one tied above the head, two tied around the body and one tied below the feet. The body is then transported to the mosque or masjid in Malay for funeral prayers – “Salaaatul Janaazah“.
Finally, the body is transported to cemetery for burial. The body is laid in the grave on its right side facing the “Qiblah” – the direction of the Kaaba, the sacred building at Mecca. The shroud is then untied and those attending the funeral should throw three handful of soil to the side of the grave where the head has been placed. Once the grave has been filled a tombstone is placed.
Muslim also believes that the family or friends of the deceased should pay off the debts of the deceased from the wealth he left or by donation so that the person’s soul will be at peace.