Fatwaa ID: 1722
Slm. What is the different Madhaaib view point on Salaatul Janaazah for a drowned person? How does a family get closure on this matter even after the search parties calls off the search? The Muftiyaan Kiraam views will kindly appreciated.
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.
According to the Hanafi legal school, the body must be physically present in order to perform the Janaazah Salaah. The Shaafi’ee legal school however permits Janaazah in absentia. In the enquired situation, there is no Janaazah Salaah for the person in reference according to the former position. The family and loved ones however are encouraged to make du’aa for him. That is beneficial for him.
A person who drowns is a shaheed. His rewards are tremendous in the eyes of Allaah Ta’aala. He is surely in a better place. The bereaving family should take this as solace and hope for rewards from Allaah Ta’aala. May Allaah Ta’aala make it easy and grant the family Sabr Jameel.
And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
02/19/1445 AH – 09/05/2023 CE | AMG3-4115
وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين
Darul Iftaa New York answers questions on issues pertaining to Shari’ah. These questions and answers are placed for public view on askthemufti.us for educational purposes. The rulings given here are based on the questions posed and should be read in conjunction with the questions. Many answers are unique to a particular scenario and cannot be taken as a basis to establish a ruling in another situation.
Darul Iftaa New York bears no responsibility with regard to its answers being used out of their intended contexts, nor with regard to any loss or damage that may be caused by acting on its answers or not doing so.
References and links to other websites should not be taken as an endorsement of all contents of those websites.
Answers may not be used as evidence in any court of law without prior written consent of Darul Iftaa New York.