Muslim Shroud

I'm 59 and had two super close calls about a year and  half ago so I must
plan my burial; even on top of my brother would be find if they do that; I also perhaps will make a  shroud.   My shroud will not be 14 feet long.  It will close in front  some how and come down to perhaps chest length and up to calf length  What do you know of this shroud thing??

Your question and comments are very interesting. The first thing that comes to my mind is that 250,000 to 300,000 people die every day. Some of the deaths are so severe that there are no remains of the body to bury of course making a casket and shroud unnecessary. However, for the majority who want to plan their own funeral (and many around the world do so), certain steps are needed. So, as you are planning which includes picking the casket you want and the required shroud for your service, is a good idea to do ahead of time. This takes the burden off your family and loved ones. Below is a little information about shrouds. We hope it is helpful.

There is a special shroud called the KINKARA SHROUD is made of 100% natural biodegradable fabrics such as cotton, silk or linen. Shrouds may be placed directly into the ground without casket or coffin in states where legal. ” KINKARACO ” products are designed with the ease and manageability of the Funeral Industry in mind making the shrouding of the body, no matter what size, as efficient and effortless as possible.

This lightly structured 100% biodegradable shroud is the State of the Art for all natural burial in the new Green Cemetery Revolution. Made of completely natural silks, cottons, linens, wools and Antique fabrics featuring a 100% cotton batting hand-sewn lining with a strong canvas back.

The Quran’s revelation on celestial-consciousness, the transient mortal existence of man and the inevitable continuum ‘cycle of demise’ of all living matter, brings into retrospect, the necessity of ‘guidelines & materials’ required for an ‘effective and dignified’ ‘burial & bereavement’ process & procedures.

Here we attempt to provide the appropriate information required on the procedures of accessing the necessary materials, preparation and burial of a deceased Muslim. It shall also provide the ‘cordiality & conventions’ one requires, at an especially delicate incidence of life. Though we know this life is transitory, we chronically take for granted the hereafter & become resolutely reminded of the reality of demise when a loved one, a dear one, passes away.

The Islamic indoctrination on ‘demise’ is that; it is not the end of life, but an entrance from this transitory mortal existence to a living of providential-immortality of the hereafter. For a Muslim, the eventualities of this life constitute a ‘trial and test’ by which his eternal destiny is evaluated. For him, death is the return of the soul to its Creator, God, and the constant-consciousness of the reality of ‘death and the hereafter’ should enable one to maintain his life and deeds in perspective, and in preparedness, for what is to come forth. However in the Muslim faith your eternal destiny is not assured. However, you can have assurance for your eternal destiny.

One can respect that all beings possess the attribute of individual differences of opinions on the various aspects of ‘life & living’; hence, one may vary of its intuitions on any ‘field’ of life.

Many bereaved families are unfamiliar of any religious regulations, appropriate rites, conventions, of the preparation and burial of a deceased one, and no comprehensible assistance was made readily available to alleviate their dilemma. (and with the controversial views from different sources, makes the functioning of such an incident of greater embarrassment to themselves & others in general).

The Holy Prophet urged Muslims to bury their dead quickly and it is traditional to bury the deceased within 24 hours. This can be difficult when death occurs at the beginning of a weekend or before a bank holiday and it is impossible to register the death and obtain the necessary certificates in time. It is also necessary to have the grave prepared in a particular way so that it is aligned towards Mecca, ie on a northeast to southwest axis. The body is placed in the grave so that the head is at the southwest end, facing towards Mecca.

The body must be ceremonially washed before burial and this is sometimes done at the graveside. Lack of suitable washing facilities in cemeteries has led to this ritual being done in the mosque. The body is then wrapped in one or two sheets of white cloth and laid in the grave. It is not traditional to have a coffin, although some people now do so.

The finished grave must be raised from the ground between four and twelve inches, to prevent anyone walking or sitting on it, as this is strictly forbidden. The leveling of graves, practiced in many cemeteries to make them easier to maintain, is also forbidden by the Muslim faith. There must be only one body in the grave and a simple headstone. However, the vast majority of people buried have flat grass or ground above them.

Failure to understand these requirements often causes offense which could easily be avoided by setting aside an area within the cemetery for Muslim burials and either having a Muslim on the cemetery staff or allowing families to dig their own graves. Lack of local facilities and unsympathetic staff have led many Muslims to undertake the expense of flying the body back to Asia or the Middle East for burial. The situation is improving, and there are now several private cemeteries providing the proper facilities and many more local councils will allow Muslims to dig their own graves. It is a possibility that the Muslim community could buy some land and start their own cemetery with their own requirements. This would eliminate any offense.

Note: You can be assured of your eternal destiny. Jesus (God the Son) IS Love!! Jesus said in John 12:46-47: “And if anyone hears My(Jesus) words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.” That’s the kind of love you and I should want from our God. God has control over our eternal destiny and He teaches us the difference between right and wrong; thus, it matters a great deal what we do with our life. Jesus’ Apostles asked Him in: John 6:28-29: “The Apostles said to Him, "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” (i.e. to be saved). Jesus (God the Son) answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." Also it is said in: Rom 10:9-10 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that He rose from the dead, you will be saved (i.e. Go to heaven).” There are over 100 prophecies in the Old Testament of the Bible that predicts a coming Savior and God. Jesus (God the Son) fulfills all of them and is our Savior and God. If we follow Jesus’ commands, in love, we will be assured of our eternal destiny with God Forever.

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