The Coronavirus crisis has caused a great deal of confusion regarding the proper burial process for Muslims during this time. Performing Islamic burial and funeral rites is highly important and many people are worried about fulfilling this obligation. That's why we're launching a multilingual support line today to answer any queries you may have.
We will support you with:
Health and Safety
The National Burial Council has been working with Public Health England to facilitate the burial of Muslims who pass away from COVID-19. Our support line will give you their latest health and safety guidelines, offering you advice for a variety of scenarios based on these expert guidelines.
We will help you stay safe while preparing the body for burial (including performing ghusl), participating in the funeral prayer and burying the deceased. Following these procedures will help to stop the spread of the pandemic, preventing more tragic deaths.
A range of Islamic scholars have developed theological rulings for preparing and burying the deceased during the crisis, as well as organising the funeral prayer in the safest way possible. We will advise you on the rulings that are relevant to you, ensuring you can carry out an Islamic burial during this crisis.
Ultimately, everyone's aim is to fulfil their obligation (fard) without unnecessarily endangering themselves and their loved ones. In sha' Allah, this support line will help to ensure the pandemic doesn't spread due to incorrect burial practices.
Please do not hesitate do direct non-English speakers to this support line; we aim to cater to speakers of Bengali, Urdu, Punjabi, Pothwari, Gujarati and Wolof as well as English.
We will direct you to your local Muslim Burial Councils so they can offer you their burial and funeral services.
We hope this support line will ease your burden during an emotional time, making sure you have all the practical information you need. This is a highly stressful and upsetting time, but we would like to conclude with some comforting words from the Prophet Muhammad (saw):
Aisha (ra) reported that she asked the Messenger of Allah (saw) about plagues and he said, 'It is a punishment that Allah sends upon whoever He wills, but Allah has made it a mercy for the believers. Any servant who resides in a land afflicted by plague, remaining patient and hoping for reward from Allah, knowing that nothing will befall him but what Allah has decreed, he will be given the reward of a martyr’. (Bukhari)
From the hadith above, it is clear that it is not only those who die from the plague who will be given the reward of a martyr. You don’t even have to be infected by it. As long as you stay in the land (instead of fleeing the disease and carrying it elsewhere), remaining patient, hoping for Allah’s reward and trusting in Allah’s plan - you will get the reward of a martyr.
We pray Allah protects you from calamity, forgives your sins and grants you and your loved ones the incredibly high status of a martyr, Ameen.