|THE SUPPLICATIONS OFFERED DURING THE FUNERAL PRAYER by Abdullah(m): Mon 18, April, 2022|
Questioner: Assalaamu ‘alaykum
Dr Sharof: Wa’alaykumu ssalaamu warahmotuLlaah
Questioner: As for the person who is ignorant of the supplications offered during the funeral prayer, should he refrain from the funeral prayer?
Dr Sharof: He should start attending the (available) sittings of knowledge. He will understand it. We have clearly explained this at Oja’agbo. You should come to the sittings of knowledge; you will understand the religion of Allaah. This question is very important. There are even some Imaams who are ignorant of the supplications offered (during the funeral prayer) let alone the common people. (What will you say about the) Imaam who says “Allaahumma igfir laha warhamaha” (O Allaah, forgive her and have mercy on her) while offering the funeral prayer for a man? For this reason, the one who is ignorant of the supplication should come to sittings of knowledge. The religion of Allaah which the Prophet Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was sent with is different from nonsense, and we must seek knowledge about it. What will it take you to attend these sittings organized between Moghrib and ‘Ishaa? Most times, people are idle within this period. You should have a timetable of the sittings of knowledge and attend them. You will increase in knowledge.
If you are ignorant of the supplications offered during the funeral prayer, it is enough for you to stand with the congregation and say the Takbeer whenever it is said, until the salutation of peace is said. However, it is not difficult; after the first Takbeer, Sooratul Faatihah should be recited, and after the second Takbeer, you should send blessings to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam). I believe that we know the prescribed way of sending blessings to the Prophet, that is, As-Solaatul Ibrooheemiyyah, the one we say in our Tashahhud. Allaahumma solli alaa Muhammad wa alaa aali Muhammad, kamaa sollayta alaa Ibrooheem wa ‘alaa aali Ibrooheem innaka Hameedu Majeed wabaarik alaa Muhammad walaa aali Muhammad kamaabarakta alaa Ibrooheem wa alaa aali Ibrooheem innaka Hameedun [O Allaah! send prayers on Muhammad, and on the family of Muhammad, as you sent prayers on (Ibraaheem, and on) the family of Ibraaheem; You are indeed Worthy of Praise, Full of Glory. O Allaah! Send blessings on Muhammad, and on the family of Muhammad, as you sent blessings on (Ibraaheem, and on) the family of Ibraaheem; You are indeed Worthy of Praise, Full of Glory]. After the third Takbeer, we should supplicate for the deceased. What is most desired is to say the exact type of supplication the Prophet used to say on the deceased. There is a way he used to say the supplication on the men. If the deceased is a woman, there is a way he used to say the supplication. If the deceased is a child, there is a way he used to say the supplication. If you are not acquainted with these supplications or you haven’t memorized them, you can continue to repeat ‘Allaahumma igfirlahu warhamhu’, ‘Allaahumma igfirlahu warhamhu’ till another Takbeer will be said (by the Imaam) if the deceased is a man. If the deceased is a woman, you can continue to repeat ‘Allaahumma igfirlaha warhamha’, ‘Allaahumma igfirlaha warhamha’ till another Takbeer is said, although this is not sufficient for your future; you are a believer and you must understand your religion. After the fourth Takbeer, nothing is to be said except the salutation of peace. The salutation should be said once (to the right). However, if you say two salutations (one to the right and the other to the left) there is no harm just as a group of the Companions used to do. Na’am.
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