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Can the Janaazah Salaah for a male and female be perfomed together?

Nasihah (Advice):

Five qualities necessary for every believer

Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said,

“There are five qualities which a Muslim should display to his brother: replying to the salaam, responding to the one who sneezes, acceptance of an invitation, visiting the sick, and accompanying the funeral.”

(Abu Dawood)

Question and Answer:

Q. At our Masjid, there were two Mayyits, a male and a female. Janazaah Salaah was performed for both of them together. Is this correct? Should Janaazah Salaah have been performed for both of them separately?

(Question published as received)

A. The Janaazah Salaah for a deceased male and female can be done collectively or individually at the Masjid. In doing so, the deceased male’s body will be placed first in front of the Imaam. Then the deceased female’s body will be placed in front of the Imaam after the deceased males’ body. In both cases, the bodies will be placed in line with the chest of the Imaam. (Al Bahrur-Raaiq 2/202-Tabyeenul Haqaaiq 1/242)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

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