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The Laws of Janaazah

Death is an inevitable event which no man can escape. As such, the reality of death is something which is accepted by both the believer and disbeliever. As far as a disbeliever is concerned, he views death as a terminating point which brings an abrupt end to his existence. As for a believer, he does not consider death to be the end of life. Instead, he considers it to be the beginning of the second phase of the journey towards his ultimate abode – the Hereafter.

When a person has passed away, he becomes a lifeless body in the hands of others. They do with him as they wish. However, now that he is unable to do anything for himself, it is his right upon his near and dear ones, as well as those close to him, that all his matters pertaining to his last moments of life, as well as his ghusal, kafan, burial, winding of his estate and every other aspect relating to his death and after-death, be managed and undertaken in the most perfect way – the way of the Sunnah of Rasulullah ﷺ.

This book is a compilation of various laws which pertain to the person who is terminally ill, in his final illness or in his final stages, the masaa’il of ghusal, kafan, janaazah, etc. Every Muslim must equip himself with these relevant laws and masaa’il so that the correct procedure could be adopted upon the demise of any person.

To neglect the laws of Deen and the Sunnah of Rasulullah ﷺ at this critical time in a person’s journey to the Hereafter is indeed an injustice to the marhoom.

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The Practice of Eighty Durood After Asr on Friday

Reciting Durood upon Rasulullah ﷺ is regarded as being among the greatest ibaadaat in Deen through which one may acquire the divine love of Allah Ta’ala and the special closeness of His beloved Rasulullah ﷺ. Rasulullah ﷺ said, “Indeed, the people who will be closest to me on the day of Qiyaamah will be those who used to recite the most Durood upon me in the world.”

In his Mubaarak Ahaadith, Rasulullah ﷺ has encouraged his Ummah to recite abundant Durood upon him and he has explained that through reciting Durood, they will receive great virtues and blessings from Allah Ta’ala.

It has been the practice of many Akaabir and pious elders to recite the eighty Durood after Asr on Friday. This practice was always understood to have been based upon the Hadith of Hazrat Abu Hurairah (Radiyallahu Anhu) wherein he had reported that Rasulullah ﷺ had said, “The one who performs Asr Salaah on Friday and thereafter recites eighty times before standing up from his place اللهم صل على محمد النبي الأمي وعلى آله وسلم تسليماً, eighty years of sins are forgiven for him and eighty years of (nafl) ibaadat are written for him”. However, there has lately been some discussion among the Ulama regarding whether this practice is established and whether this Durood should be recited.

This book provides insight into this issue and expels the doubts that people have regarding this practice being an innovation in Deen.

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