Washing & Shrouding the Deceased | A Practical Sister’s Workshop

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In the Islamic tradition, we are encouraged – not mandated – to wash and the shroud the bodies of our loved ones.

Death can happen at any moment. If you would like to be prepared to carry out this task for a family member, this workshop is for you.

In just two hours, Sister Rehana Markar, a dedicated mortuary volunteer at the Islamic Society of East Bay who has prepared dozens of female bodies over the years, will show you the practical aspects to wash a body (ghusl) and then shroud that body (kafan). She will demonstrate with a hands-on excercise.

This workshop is for sisters only. Due to the gravity of the content and demonstration, please attend only if you are at least 18 years old and you can confidently and attentativly pay attention to the instructor. This workshop will not be recorded or livestreamed on any of MCC’s media channels.

In this free workshop, you will learn:

– The Islamic rites and our communal obligations to the deceased
– How to prepare the body after natural and unnatural deaths
– Legal aspects and completing paperwork related to a death
– Preparing the body for the burial process
– Preparing the body for the Hereafter

“He who washes a dead body and conceals what he notices of physical defects, he will be forgiven forty times” [Al-Hakim].

“Every soul shall taste death” [The Qur’an, Ali Imran, 3:185].

Free workshop. No RSVP required. The workshop begins after Zuhr at 1:30 p.m. This is not a kid-friendly workshop. Please do not bring young children. No babysitting.

This is the slide deck from the last session at MCC: