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Rites of Passage
Most religions mark significant points in their followers’ lives with special ceremonies. Islamic rites of passage focus on key teachings and the demands of living as a good Muslim.
Islam and the Gendered Discourses of Death
"I felt myself gripped by the back of the neck and pushed down to a squatting position. The woman's black head cloth smelled of cloves and smoke and I could feel her tears through the cloth. My discomfort was absolute. Paralyzed and silent, I waited while she went through her loud and seemingly endless lamenting close to my left ear ..."
How to Pray the Janazah (funeral) Prayer
“Whoever digs a grave for a deceased person and buries him, will receive the reward of giving him a place to reside in until the Day of Judgment.”
A guide to Muslim funerals in Brisbane
Shrouding the deceased muslim
Items used in Muslim burial preparation
The grave should be perpendicular to the direction of the Qibla (Mecca) so that the body, placed in the grave without a coffin lying on its right side, faces Qibla.
Aqiqah FAQs - Rules and Fiqh of Aqiqah
Aqiqah is a religious ritual performed by Muslims when a child is born. It involves the sacrifice of an animal and the distribution of meat to the poor as a way of celebrating new life and showing gratitude to Allah (swt) for His blessings.
When a Muslim child is born, the first ceremony to be performed is to recite “Adhan” and “Iqamah” in the ears of the new born. This can be performed by anyone and is usually whispered into the ears of the baby.