There are approximately eight million Muslims in the United States, double the number of Jews in the U.S. Both Islamic funeral traditions and Jewish funeral traditions are remarkably similar. What do Americans need to know about the different observances of these two religions?
Dr. Ahmad-Rufai Abdullah speaks with host Gail Rubin on A Good Goodbye Radio about Muslim traditions regarding funerals and burials. Listen to or download the podcast:
- The key elements of Islamic funeral and burial traditions
- What the Janazah process of body preparation involves
- Who does Muslim body preparations and who performs funerals
- When funerals and burials are prohibited
- Mourning traditions and how they vary by sect and culture
- How to respond to a bereaved member of the Islamic faith
Dr. Ahmad-Rufai Abdullah immigrated to the United States in 1992 to pursue graduate education at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He is the founder/president/CEO of Luba Group Inc. and the Foundation for Human Development. He is a leader of the Islamic Burial Society of North America, formed in 2006, and has trained hundreds of volunteers to conduct the Islamic Janazah ritual to prepare the deceased for burial.
A Good Goodbye is an entertaining and educational online radio show on “everything you need to know before you go.” A Good Goodbye covers a wide range of critical information most people don’t consider until there’s a death in the family.
Host Gail Rubin brings a light touch to a serious subject and presents expert interviews on funeral planning issues with practical insights into the party no one wants to plan. By planning ahead and having a conversation, families can reduce stress at a time of grief, minimize family conflict, save money and create a meaningful, memorable “good goodbye.”
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