Islamic Funeral Traditions
When a Muslim is dying they will try to say the last words “Allah help me through the hardship and agony of death” or “To Allah we belong and to Allah we return”.
Muslims try to be buried as fast as they can, preferably within 3 days. The deceased body is washed and wrapped in white, and in countries where permitted, are buried without a coffin although here in the UK a coffin is required by law. The body is buried facing Makkah (where Muhammad is believed to have been born.)
Muslims believe their will be a physical resurrection on the day of judgement and so disapprove of cremation.
Whilst standing by the grave, the first Surah of the Qur’an will be read and once the body has been lowered, Surah 20:55 is quoted.
Graves are raised above the ground so that the grave is clearly marked and people do not walk across them by mistake. It is unusual for a Muslim to have a large tombstone or decorations although these are not forbidden.