Arousing the Intellectuals with an Explanation of Umdatul-Ahkaam (Kitabul-Janaa’iz)

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Author: Muhammad ibn Saleh al-'Uthaymeen
Paperback: 92 pages
Published: 2014

Al-Janaa’iz is the plural of Janazah which is the deceased. It is said that Janazah is the deceased and Jinazah is the stretcher he is carried on, so the first is higher and the second is lower. What’s intended by the “book of al-janaa’iz” is the book (or chapter) that mentions in it the rulings concerning the dead: from the washing of the body, the wrapping of the body, the prayer for the dead person, the carrying of the body and the burying of the body. It is mentioned after the Book of the Prayer because the prayer for the dead person is the most significant thing that is performed on his behalf and the most beneficial matter for him, so on the authority of Ibn Abbas (radi Allâh anhu) that he said:

مَـا مِـنْ رَجُـلٍ مُـسْـلِـمٍ يَـمُـوتُ فَـيَـقُـومُ عَـلَـى جَـنَـازَتِـهِ أَرْبَـعُـونَ رَجُـلاً,, لَا يُـشْـرِكُـونَ بِـاللهِ شَـيْـئـاً إِلَّا شَـفَـعَـهُـمُ اللهُ فِـيـهِ

“I heard the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) say: ‘There is not a Muslim man, who dies and then 40 people, who do not associate any partners with Allah, perform his janazah except that Allah will accept their intercession on his (i.e. The deceased) behalf.”

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