Muslim Funeral Prayer

by P-Francone

Muslims believe that the Quran was verbally revealed through the angel Jibril (Gabriel) from God to Muhammad gradually over a period of approximately twenty-three years beginning in 610, when Muhammad was forty, and concluding in 632, the year of his death.

When the Muslim Prophet Muhammad died in the year 632, a funeral was held for him by his close family and followers. All the members of the family were gathered in a room, praying for their Prophet, who lay dead before them. Once the basic prayer was completed, Abu Bakr, Muhammad’s father-in-law and the first Muslim Caliph after Muhammad began to pray aloud, saying;

“Peace, mercy, and blessings of God be upon you, O Prophet of God. We witness that the Prophet of God and His apostle conveyed the message entrusted to him by his Lord and that he exerted himself and fought in His cause until God gave victory to His religion. We equally witness that the Prophet of God and His apostle fully performed his promise and that he commanded us to worship none but God alone who has no associates.”

At the end of every verse, everyone responded together, “Amen, Amen.” Once the prayer was complete, the men left the room, leaving the women and children in the room to take a last long look at Muhammad. Everyone that left the room was full of sadness for the death of their prophet and also full of apprehension that their faith was to be greatly challenged now that he was dead.

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