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10 Muslim Funeral Traditions


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Mourning
While weeping is acceptable during mourning, loud crying or wailing is discouraged.
While weeping is acceptable during mourning, loud crying or wailing is discouraged.
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Hidaad, or mourning, for a close relative should last only three days, and there are guidelines about how that mourning should take shape. Weeping is acceptable, but the Islamic faith discourages loud crying and acting out during the mourning period. Conservative Muslims believe that the person's spirit can hear these cries, and they cause the spirit anguish.

There's a special mourning period for women who have lost a husband. It's called the 'Iddah (or Edda), and it lasts four months and 10 days. During that time, the woman is not allowed to wear perfume or jewelry, and she can only leave the house for work and errands. She can visit friends and family, but during the 'Iddah, she's required to sleep at home and can't remarry until the period is over.

Before the funeral, Muslims go through a washing ritual to prepare the corpse. Check out details on the next page.


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