Reason why there is neither Rukoo’ nor Sujood in the funeral prayer
Fatwa No: 93007

  • Fatwa Date:19-1-2014 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 18, 1435
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Question

Why is there neither Rukoo' nor Sujood in the funeral prayer on the deceased?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and messenger.

The basic rule in worship is to perform the rites perfectly to Allaah The Almighty by compliance (with His command), submission, surrender and following (His obligations). Scholars may elicit wisdom and reasons why a particular act of worship is done in a particular way and with a specific number and so on, laying stress on the basic rule mentioned above.

As for the question at hand, Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said, after mentioning the opinion that there is no opening supplication in the funeral prayer: “They justify it by the fact that the funeral prayer is tended to be lightened and that is why it contains no Rukoo', Sujood, prolonged recitation besides Al-Faatihah, or any recitation at all according to the opinion of some scholars, or Tashahhud.

Allaah Knows best.

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