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Place legs of deceased in funeral.

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Usually after a person`s death, after ablution and covering the body with kafan, they place the legs of the deceased facing towards Qibla. Is this mentioned in Quran. Please enlighten w.r.t quran and hadees.

 

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Place legs of deceased in funeral




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Fiqh-us-Sunnah Fiqh 4.16

Topic: What Should be Done When Someone Dies

..Lay the dying person so that the qibla is on their right side. To this effect it is recorded that Abu Qatadah said: "Upon arrival in Madinah, the Prophet (saws) enquired about a person called Al-Bara ibn Ma'rur. The people told the Prophet (saws) that he had died, and had willed one-third of his property to the Prophet (saws) and that his face be turned toward the Ka'bah at the time of his death. Hearing this, the Prophet (saws) said: 'He has been true to his innate nature and I return the one-third of his property to his children.'

Narrated by Al-Baihaqi and Al-Hakim.

 

The absolute majority of the scholars and jurists in Islam are of the opinion that one should place the deceased body of a believer in such a way that their right side is facing the qibla, and their face is turned towards the direction of the Kaaba.

 

A report recorded from Imam Shafei or the Shafiyi school of thought states that the body of the deceased should be laid flat on its back with its feet toward the Ka'bah, and its face raised a little, facing it. The absolute majority of scholars and jurists in Islam however favor the first position and hold it to be more preferable. And Allah Alone Knows Best.

 

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