Arrangement of praying over the bodies when both men and women present
Arrangement of praying over the bodies when both men and women present


The Book of the Ruling of the Deceased - كتاب أحكام الميت


Prayer over the Janaza

Section:The description of prayer over the janaza
Topic/Issue:2035 - Arrangement of praying over the bodies when both men and women present --
Opinion FromOpinionExplanation
most juristThe bodies of men are to be placed near the imam and the bodies of women nearer the qibla.Giving precedence to men over women, because of what Malik has related in al- Muatta that Uthman ibn Affan, (Abd Allah ibn Umar, and Abu Hurayra used to pray in Medina over the dead, both men and women together, and they used to place the bodies of men nearer the imam and those of women nearer the qibla

Abd al- Razzaq has related from Ibn Jurayj from Nafi from Ibn Umar that he prayed in the same manner over dead persons, and also present were Ibn Abbas, Abu Hurayra, Au Said al- Khudri, and Au Qatada, and the imam that day was Said ibn al-as (the Umayyad governor of Medina). He asked them about it, or ordered someone to ask them, and they said, "It is a sunna". It belongs to the category of musnad in their view.

It appears that those who maintained that men be placed nearer the imam determined their position in front of the imam on the basis of their position behind him, because of the words of the Prophet (Gods peace and blessings be upon him), "Make them stay at the back insofar as Allah has put them next to men "
some juristwomen nearer the imam and the men nearer the qiblaThose in the first position (with respect to the away from the imam) had precedence and they did not determine precedence on the basis of nearness to the imam.
some juristEach group is to be prayed over separately, men alone and women aloneIt could make lawful something prohibited, as there is no sunna that expressly permits combined prayers. It is likely that it retains its original permissibility and it is likely that it is disallowed by the law. When an equal probability exists, it is better to refrain from making a rule if a way can be found to do so (i.e. praying separately)
Tags :Worship, Salah, Prayer,Dead,Prayer,Funeral,Description,Imam Position
See Also:Raising of the Hands
Salutation at the end
Position of Imam
Last Updated:2011-01-30

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