the body of the deceased (coffin) with a cloth upon which
is written Aayatul-Kursee or other verses from the Noble Qur.aan
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Question: In some places, when the people carry
the deceased to the prayer and then from there to the graveyard,
they cover the body (coffin) with a cloth upon which is written
Aayatul-Kursee or other different verses from the Noble Qur.aan.
Does this act have any basis in the Sharee'ah?
There is no basis for this act in the Sharee'ah,
i.e. there is no basis for covering the body (coffin) with
a cloth upon which are written verses from the Qur.aan. Rather,
in reality, it is in contempt with the Speech of Allaah ('Azza
wa Jall) by placing a cover over the deceased as it has no
benefit for the deceased at all. So, based upon this, it is
obligatory to avoid this (for a number of reasons):
Firstly: Because this is not from the act of the Pious Predecessors;
Secondly: Because there occurs therein contempt of the Noble
Thirdly: Because in this there is a wrong belief that this
(act) will benefit the deceased (while in actual fact) it
will not benefit him.
al-Bid'u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa Asla lahu - Page 303;
Fataawa at-Ta'ziyyah - Page 22