Saturday 4 NOV 2017
Chapter of Prayer: Funeral Prayer
Washing of Deceased by Spouse, The Narration of the Woman from Ghamid, Janaazah after burial
[Going through Hadith from Buluughul Maraam]
- Narration from Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said “If you die before me then I would do the washing of you” [Narrated by Ahmed, Ibn Majah and was authenticated by Ibn Hibbaan]
- Hadith of Asmaa bint Umays (may Allah be pleased with her) that Fatima (may Allah be pleased with her) stated in her will that Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), her husband, should do the washing if she died.
- Both above hadith show that a spouse can wash the body of the deceased partner (e.g. a husband can wash the body of his deceased wife and vice versa)
- Except for the spouses, no man can wash the body of a deceased woman and neither can any woman wash the body of a man regardless of how close the relation is
- NOTE: for a small child (a boy or girl under the age of 3-4 years) then either a men or women may wash them. However, some scholars say children should not be an exception.
- The hadith of Buraida (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated the story of the woman from the Ghamid tribe who committed fornication. [Summarised] She was a woman who repented to Allah and regretted the sin and sought forgiveness. However, she knew the punishment was stoning so she came to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) to ask for the penalty [NOTE: having a prescribed penalty applied in this world purifies the person, absolves the sin and removes punishment in the hereafter]. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) did not turn to look towards her or listen to her. Then she came another time and again the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) did not listen to her, then she came a third and fourth time and the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was informed that she doesn’t have intellect, however when he asked her she was competent and said she was pregnant. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said to her “Go until you give birth” so she went. Then when she had given birth (several months later) she came back and asked for the penalty. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said to her “Go back and breast feed your child” then she went and breast fed him. She returned two years later, again asking for the penalty, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) asked for the child to be taken care of and made the decision to apply the penalty. She was stoned and died, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) himself prayed the funeral prayer upon her and she buried with the Muslims (may Allah be pleased with her). It was said to him why did he pray the funeral prayer upon someone who committed a major sin, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said “Indeed she made a repentance, (such was the sincerity) that if that repentance was shared amongst the people of Madinah it would be enough for them”. [Recorded by Muslim and others]. (NOTE: this narration is similar to the story of Ma’iz bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him))
- Point 1: If a Muslim dies due to an Islamic penalty then they are to be prayed upon
- Point 2: A Muslims is still a Muslim despite committing a major sin
- Such a person, where the penalty has been established, is to be prayed over, buried with the Muslim
- Point 3: This is a refutation of the khawarij who declare Muslims to be disbelievers due to committing a major sin. Muslims are within the fold of Islam as long as they do not commit shirk -associating partners with Allah (however committing a sin without repenting may earn a person a stay in hell for a certain while)