How to prepare for imminent death?
Family members of the dying person and their most pious friends should be present at their side to help turn the final thoughts to Allah, reminding the person of all the good deeds they did, about Allah’s mercy, and Allah’s favors. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Let no Muslim die except expecting and hoping the best from Allah” (Muslim).
Family members and friends can advise the dying person very gently (encouragement without insistence) to say the shahada: “La Illaha illallah”, which means there is no God but Allah, in a very kind and sincere manner as these may be their last words. Abu Saeed Al-Khuduri reported that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Help Muslims who are dying to say “La Illaha illallah” (Muslim).
Family members should make Dua (supplication) to Allah to help make the final moments easy, and to forgive them.
All efforts are to be made to fulfill any requests that the person may have before dying.
What to do after death?
Immediately after the death has occurred and it has been verified, close the eyes of the deceased. The mouth and jaws are tied gently with broad bands or pieces of cloth so that they do not remain wide open; the legs should be tied in the same way. The body should be covered, and must always remain covered, preferably with a white sheet of cloth.
Invoke Allah and say: “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” (To Allah we belong and to Him is our return).
Crying with no wailing is permitted. The prophet (PBUH) wept on the death of his son, Ibrahim, and said:
“The eyes shed tears and the heart feels pain, but we utter only what pleases our Lord. O Ibrahim! We are aggrieved at your demise.”
To cause no delay in the funeral arrangements, relatives and friends should also be notified immediately. The body must not be kept waiting unnecessarily. Close family and friends should prepare food for the bereaved family for at least three days.
In order to quickly process a funeral, the following steps are necessary
Funeral Paper Work (For Download)
- In order to start the funeral process, please fill out the document.
- The documents include the following
- Deceased Personal Details
- Authorization of disposition with or without embalming
- Doctor’s Contact information for Funeral Director
This is very important document, which requires the last attending physician or the Primary Physician’s contact information. This is important in order for the funeral director to reach out to and to get the cause of death and to help procure the legal document for burial.
NOTE: Not being able to contact or reach the Doctor can delay procuring the legal documents for burial and the start of Ghusl. Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB) will not be responsible for this delay.
- Disclosure of preneed Funeral Agreement
- Release of bodily remains
This is to authorize Duggan’s funeral Home to pick the deceased and to transport to the Mosque.
Completed Paper Work
- Hand over the filled documents to Imam Siraj Desai
The Islamic society of East Bay (ISEB) has a facility to provide Ghusl. A team of men and women folks are available to guide and perform the Ghusl.
For details please talk to individuals listed above.
The Janaza prayer will be performed at the Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB) or any other Mosque of preference.
For details please talk to Imam Siraj Desai.
The Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB) will receive the death certificate of the deceased in approximately 15 days. The certificates will be mailed to the family.
For death certificate contact Imam Siraj Desai.
Five Pillars Farm Cemetery, Livermore, CA is a separate entity not tied to the Islamic Society of East Bay (ISEB).
Please contact for all the details in regards to Burial:
Br Adnan (510) 517 8397
Five Pillars Farm Cemetery
1761 Laughlin Road
Livermore, CA, USA
Questions or Details on Funeral
For any questions or details about the Funeral, please contact one of the following
- Imam Siraj Desai (510)-943-9600
- Abdul Rahman (510)-366-5205
- Sister Rehana Markar (510)-406-4652