Islamic Prayers for the Dying
Islamic prayers for the dying can offer comfort through constant repetition of simple phrases and passages from the Qur'an affirming the connection to Allah.
As Muslims we know ourselves guided by Allah who loves to be revealed in the desert. To make it easier for us to know Allah. So that we are not distracted by the rest of this splendid creation.
We don't even use images of this God. No images. Just patterns . Wondrous spiraling patterns. Complex interwoven patterns. Patterns to get lost in. Patterns to find ourselves in. To invite us to look deeper and deeper beneath the surface.
We pray five times a day. This Islamic prayer is called "Salat" in Arabic. Our times for Slat are: dawn, noon, mid afternoon, sunset, and onset of darkness. All through the day we are being reminded of Allah's presence. We are asked to stop everything that we are doing and pray. Remember Allah.
We tend to pray wherever we are, when we are called to pray. We have made being reminded of God's presence an art form. A constant reminder. A call to dedicate ourselves to God. Without needing to live in a monastery. Right in the middle of the city. Or on the road.
Islamic prayers for the dying tend to be reminders of Allah's glory, his power to be merciful and to forgive. We strive to have our last words be "La illah illa Allah", that is "There is no God But Allah".
La illaha ill-Lallah
There is no God except Allah and Muhammad
Peace Be Upon Him) is the Messenger of Allah
First Pillar of Islam or Shahadah
- The articles of faith which a faithful Muslim
should hear as they are dying. -
Our Lord! forgive us
our sins and anything
we may have done
that transgressed our duty:
Establish our feet firmly,
and help us against
those that resist
- Qur'an – 3:147 -
- Al 'imran: The Family of Imran -
You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it
unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day
cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death,
open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one,
even as the river and the sea are one.
In the depth of your hopes and desires
lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like the seeds dreaming beneath the snow
your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams,
for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd
when he stands before the king whose hand
is to be laid upon him in honor.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling,
that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind
and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing,
but to free the breath from its restless tides,
that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence
shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top,
then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs,
then shall you truly dance.
- The Prophet -
- Kahlil Gibran -
- Walker & Company -
- Phoenix Press, 1923 -
In the name of Allah, the Merciful and Compassionate!
Praise belongs to God who created the heaves and the earth,
And brought into being the darkness and the light.
Yet do those who misbelieve hold Him to have peers.
He it is who created you from clay; then he decreed a term,
- a term ordained with Him. And yet ye doubt thereof.
He is God in the heavens and the earth.
He knows your secret conduct and your plain,
- and he knows what ye yearn.
- Qur'an, 6:1-3 -
Sufi Prayers for the Dying
On the day I die, when I'm being carried
toward the grave, don't weep. Don't say,
He's gone! He's gone. Death has nothing
to do with going away. The sun sets and
the moon sets, but they're not gone.
Death is a coming together. The tomb
looks like a prison, but it's really
release into union. The human seed goes
down in the ground like a bucket into
the well where Joseph is. It grows and
comes up full of some unimagined beauty.
Your mouth closes here and immediately
opens with a shout of joy there.
- Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, 13th Century -
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