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FUNERARY RITES

FUNERARY RITES. [To articulate religious values and traditions reflected in funerary rites in modern Islamic societies, this entry comprises two articles: Legal Foundations and Modern Practice.] Legal Foundations The Qur'anic kerygma is grounded in the fact of human mortality, and death is referred to euphemistically as "the certainty" (al yaqin). Natural death is part of the order of things, while unnatural death evokes particular responses. Suicide is a terrible sin: ...more

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