Salat al-Janazah

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Salat al-Janazah is the Islamic funeral prayer. The Salat al-Janazah is a collective obligation upon Muslims (fard kifayah) i.e., if some Muslims take the responsibility of doing it, the obligation is fulfilled.


The Prophet of Isam, Muhammadsa would not personally perform the burial prayers of a person had committed certain sins:

Jabir b. Samura reported: [The dead body] of a person who had killed himself with a broad-headed arrow was brought before the Apostle of Allah, but he did not offer prayers for him.

- Muslim

Funeral prayers of non-Ahmadi Muslims

Ahmadi Muslims do not generally perform the funeral prayers of non-Ahmadi Muslims as they leave the obligation to the people of the deceased's own sect. There are rare exceptions:

If a nondescript person, a Muslim anywhere is found dead then we do not have to hesitate until we find out what his real views were. The general principle that every Muslim has the right to decent burial will be applicable and we can say the funeral prayer in such cases. In one of the Scandinavian countries, a plane crashed and among the passengers was a Muslim and there was no one else but the Ahmadis to say the funeral prayers...and they said them.

- Hazrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad, Question & Answer Session 30 August 1985

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