What Are the Funeral Rituals for a Dead Child?
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What Are the Funeral Rituals for a Dead Child?

Questioner

Rami

Reply Date

Sep 23, 2018

Question

What are the Islamic funeral rituals to be performed for a dead Muslim child?

Mufti

Answer


What Are the Funeral Rituals for a Dead Child?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

Funeral rituals for a child are the same for an adult Muslim. However, in the funeral prayer one makes duaa for the child’s parents after the third takbeer.


Answering your question, Dr. Wael Shehab, PhD in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University and currently the Imam of the Downtown Toronto Masjid in Canada, states:

Like an adult, funeral prayer should be offered for a dead Muslim child. He or she should also be washed, shrouded, and buried.

However, after the third takbeer in the Funeral prayer, we pray for the child’s parents’ forgiveness and salvation.

We may say:

“Oh Allah, make him/her (this child) a source for (his or her parents’) salvation; and make him/her a source of reward and treasure for us (them); and make him/her an intercessor for us (them), and one whose intercession is accepted.”

 Almighty Allah knows best.

Editor’s note: This fatwa is from Ask the Scholar’s archive and was originally published at an earlier date.




About Dr. Wael Shehab

Dr. Wael Shehab has a PhD in Islamic Studies from Al-Azhar University. He is currently the Imam of the Downtown Toronto Masjid in Canada.

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