How to Perform the Funeral Prayer

A Step-by-Step Guide on how to Perform the Funeral (Janazah) Prayer (Salah)

On a somber note, this post provides a guide of how to perform the Funeral prayer. You might be surprised to find out that if you are on Hajj there might be a Funeral prayer after nearly every Fard Salah so it is important to know how to perform it correctly. A quick note – there appears to be different ways of performing the Funeral prayer. The aim of this guide is to present how the Funeral prayer is performed in Makkah & Madinah, Ref [1]. Please check & confirm with a scholar. (There is also a nicely formatted pdf at the end of this post that you can download and print)

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  1. The method presented in this Post is the way that the Funeral prayer is performed in Makkah & Madinah and is referenced per Ref [1] below.
  2. Supplications for Male, Female & Child are examples taken from Ref [1].
  3. Please double check & confirm with a scholar.
  4. Check back often to see if there are any updates or revisions.


  1. “Prayer According to the Sunnah”. Compiler Prof. Muhammad Zulfiqar. Darussalam. March, 2006. Chapter – The Funeral Prayer, pg 492, 498. [10012]
  2. “Fortress of the Muslim, Invocations from the Qur’an and Sunnah”. Compiled by Said bin Wahf Al-Qahtani. Darussalam. 7th Edition July, 2006. pg 66. [10003]

Hajj Pocketbook

I am so pleased to announce My Hajj Pocketbook,

Please visit the Hajj Pocketbook page (here) to download your very own copy.

The Pocketbook is the perfect travel companion – small enough to fit in your pocket, but detailed enough to guide you thru every step of Hajj & Umrah. Some features include,

  • Step by step instructions for Hajj & Umrah
  • Maps
  • Guides
  • Supplications
  • Counter (for Tawaaf & Sa’ee)
  • Small form factor that you can easily carry around with you everywhere

Hope you find it beneficial. Happy learning…

Map of Hajj Locations

Further to my previous post which summarizes where Hajj takes place and the locations involved, I wanted to share with everyone a special map of these Hajj locations – including main features, distances & geographic coordinates (mashAllah).

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  1. “Makkah Al Mukarramah and Mashaer Area” map – Second Edition. General Commission for Survey – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2012.

Where is Hajj?

Hajj takes place in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. More specifically in the Makkah region.

It is performed at,

  • The Masjid Al-Haram in Makkah (Mecca)

and its immediate surrounds –

  • Mina,
  • Muzdalifah and
  • Arafat

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  1. Map not to scale
  2. Indicated boundaries are only approximate


  1. “Makkah Al Mukarramah and Mashaer Area” map – Second Edition. General Commission for Survey – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2012.

Dates for Hajj 2017

When is Hajj 2017? – Dates for Hajj 2017

The dates of Hajj for 2017 (1438) are as follows,

Note: The dates above have been not yet been confirmed by the authorities in Saudi Arabia. These dates are based on calculations – please check closer to time for confirmed dates.

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So you may be wondering how the dates above were arrived at. Good question. First we can calculate the moon phases in August, which is when the month of Dhul Hijjah will start this year inshAllah,As we can see the new moon is expected on the Monday, 21-Aug-2017 at 21:30 (in Makkah). But will it be visible on this day? This is where we have to calculate the moon crescent visibility curves to verify. Moon crescent visibility curves for three days are as follows,

As can be seen from these curves,

  • The moon will not be visible on Mon, 21-Aug-2017
  • The moon will be visible by the naked eye on Tue, 22-Aug-2017. This means that the first day of Dhul Hijjah will be Wednesday, 23-Aug-2017
  • So the first day of Hajj (the 8th of Dhul Hijjah) will be on Wednesday, 30-Aug-2017 inshAllah


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  2. “Accurate Times”, International Astronomical Center (IAC)

How To Perform Hajj

Overview & Guide to Hajj Tamattu (in one page)

Following are the “best” actions for completing Hajj Tamattu (from start to finish),

The best way to view this Overview is in the pdf file which can be downloaded from the button below. So go ahead download & enjoy. Happy studying.

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Not sure what Tamattu is? These posts can help,

  1. Types of Hajj
  2. Hajj – Types
  3. Hajj – Types (Part 2)


  1. This post is an updated version of my earlier post – Hajj – How to Perform – Overview (Tamattu)
  2. “Getting the Best out of Al-Hajj (Pilgrimage)”, By Abu Muneer Ismail Davids, Published by Darussalam, Second Edition – August, 2006, Chapter 10, Pg. 279. [10004]

After Sleeping (Supplication)

Supplication for when you wake up

[1] “The Translation of the Meanings of Sahih Al-Bukhari”.Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan.Darussalam.July, 2007.Volume 8, Hadith #6312 (Sahih), pg 182

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