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Washing & Shrouding the Deceased | A Practical Workshop
October 1, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
In the Islamic tradition, we are encouraged – not mandated – to wash and the shroud the bodies of our loved ones.
Death can happen at any moment. If you would like to be prepared to carry out this task for a family member, this workshop is for you.
In just two hours, Brother Abdur Rehman, a dedicated mortuary volunteer at the Islamic Society of East Bay who has prepared dozens of bodies over the years, will show you the practical aspects to wash a body (ghusl) and then shroud that body (kafan). He will demonstrate with a hands-on exercise.
Because preparing the body for burial is a community obligation, this workshop is designed for brothers and sisters. Due to the gravity of the content and demonstration, please attend only if you are at least 18 years old and you can confidently and attentativly pay attention to the instructor. This workshop will be recorded, but not livestreamed on any of MCC’s media channels.
In this free workshop, you will learn:
– The Islamic rites and our communal obligations to the deceased
– How to prepare the body after natural and unnatural deaths
– About the legal aspects and completing paperwork related to a death
– To prepare the body for the burial process
– To prepare the body for the Hereafter
“He who washes a dead body and conceals what he notices of physical defects, he will be forgiven forty times” [Al-Hakim].
“Every soul shall taste death” [The Qur’an, Ali Imran, 3:185].