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Eating at the funeral home?

JAMIATUL ULAMA KZN DAILY Q&A

Programme Announcement: Islamic Wills & Estate Planning
Date: 19 February, 2013
Time: After Maghrib
Venue: Pietermaritzburg, Centre Musjid (Church Street)
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Nasihah (Advice): The benefits of leaving a Shari’ah compliant Will:

Sayyiduna Jabir (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever passed away having left behind a Wasiyah (Shari’ah compliant Will) has passed away upon the Sunnah and the right path. He has passed away with piety as a martyr and he has passed away in whilst being forgiven.” (Ibn Majah, Hadith #: 2701)
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Question and Answer:
Q. Is it permissible for town people to partake of meals prepared at a funeral house?

(Query published as received)

A. It is best to abstain from partaking of meals at the funeral home as in many cases, money is used from the estate without prior consent from all the heirs. Furthermore, even if the money is legitimate, the practice of gathering and eating at the funeral home burdens the grieving family. It is from the teachings of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) to take food for the grieving family, not to have them provide food for guests.

And Allah Knows Best

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

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