A Sobering yet interesting Friday night

Assalaamu-Alaykum – Peace be Upon you

Alhumdulillah (all Praise belongs to Allah) the practical demonstration on how to give Ghusl (wash) to a dead body went ahead (without any power cuts!) and for me, it was extremely informative and interesting.

The two demonstrators together with help from Moulana Ilyas Dalal, the Imam of Zakaria Masjid and owner of the local Post Office, Abdul bhai put the whole picture of what to do and how to do it in the event of when a Muslim passes away.

Although extremely sobering and not something one would usually associate with Friday night, it was a well attended event as washing and shrouding a dead body constitutes another piece of knowledge, and knowledge is something which Muslims are ordered to seek everyday.

It was the first time we held it and everybody in the Zakaria Masjid back hall heard everything right from what to do when the person is in the throes of death, through to how to position the body as it is laid in the grave.  It might seem a tad too explicit for some people, but as mentioned earlier, it is knowledge, knowledge which we should all know.

In the Qur’an, Allah states that every soul shall taste the flavour of death, however, not a single soul knows when that day will be.

Therefore, as well as preparing for the Akhirah (Hereafter) by living our lives according to the way showed by Allah and His Rasul (Prophet Muhammad PBUH), there is also the duty of knowing how to give a Muslim his or her last rites, in the respectable and dignified manner showed to us by Muhammad (PBUH).  And alhumdulillah it is with that yearning to know such an important aspect of Islam that the people attended.

My thanks go out to our excellent demonstrators (may Allah accept all the good work they have done for the community) Isa bhai and Hafez Yakub, our learned Scholars Moulana Ilyas ands Moulana Qasim, Abdul bhai for his extremely invaluable advice on the necessary paperwork which needs to be done at this stressful time, and last but not least Ebrahim Jogee and Moulana Zakir Daji for arranging the models we used – jazakallah.

Ma’as-salaam – With Peace

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One Response to “A Sobering yet interesting Friday night”

  1. “Knowledge is something which Muslims are ordered to seek everyday.”

    Can I ask is it ” farz ” to seek knowlege and that too everyday? Can you please support this from any hadith or any ayah from the quran.

    I have no doubt what so ever that you must seek knowlege, I would appretiate a reply .


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