Funeral Prayers


Salam Alaikum,

Firstly my respected Salam to Moulana Sheikh Nazim and Sheikh Hisham Kabbabi and also to all murreds. May Allah bless you all for your good deeds.
1. Can I request to please clarify whether we can recite Surah Fatiha on dead person in the Grave Yard ? I heard from few people that we cannot read Quran or Surah’s in the grave yard. Is it True ?
2. Can we recite Surah Fatiha in Funeral Prayers too?
As far as I know, no salat is accepted without Surah Fatiha. If Surah Fatiha is not recited during Funeral Prayers, how can that be called prayer.
Please advise


wa `alaykum salam,

1. Yes you can certainly recite any surah over a dead person in the cemetery.

2. There is no restriction in reciting Surat al-Fatiha.

3. The Hanafi position is to recite Subhanak Allahumma wa bi-hamdika… (Thana) after opening the takbir and not to recite al-Fatiha according to Ibn Abidin.

Imam Senad Agic, Ph.D.
Head Imam (IABNA)
The Islamic Association of Bosniaks in North America

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