Walking in Front of Janazah (Funeral); Allowed or Not?

Islamic Law Studies: Hi all readers! In this article I will explain about the legality of walking in front of Janazah (funeral) for people who deliver him/her to grave. If we have ever taken Janazah to the grave, of course we know that we can walk in front of him /her, behind him/her, on his/her right side, or on his/her left side. The celebration, may we walk in front of him/her?

As usual, before I answer the question above, I will quote a hadith that is specifically related to our discussion. The hadith I mean is as follows;

عَنْ سَالِمٍ عَنْ أَبِيْهِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا ؛ أَنَّهُ رَأَى النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ وَأَبَا بَكْرٍ وَعُمَرٍ وَهُمْ يَمْشُوْنَ أَمَامَ الْجَنَازَةٍ . رَوَاهُ الْخَمْسَةُ

From Salim from his father radliyallahu ‘anhuma, that he (his father) had seen Prophet (Muhammad) sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, Abu Bakr, and Umar walked in front of Janazah. The hadith is narrated by five people (Ahmad, Abu Daud, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasa’I, Ibn Majah).


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There are some important things related to the above hadith that we need to know;

One; The hadith explains, that people who deliver Janazah (funeral) to grave are encouraged to walk in front of the Janazah.

Two; here are differences of opinion about the recommendation to walk in front of Janazah. Ash-Shafi’I and Malik said that walking in front of the Janazah was better because it was in accordance with what was explained in the hadith above. Ahmad said that people who deliver Janazah to the cemetery may walk behind Janazah, on the right side of Janazah, and on the left side of Janazah. Abu Hanifah said, that walking behind Janazah is more important because it is in accordance with other hadiths which tell us that Prophet Muhammad walked behind Janazah.

All Readers! That is a brief explanation of the legality of walking in front of Janazah (funeral) for the person who delivered him/her. There are differences of opinion about that. Now, do you all understand? If you want to ask, please ask!

I think that’s enough for this article. May be useful! Amen!

See you in the next article!


Hasan Sulaiman an-Nuri and Alawi Abbas al-Maliki, Ibaanatu al-Ahkaam Syarhu Buluughi al-Maraam, Vol. II, Dar al-Fikr Publishing, Beirut, 2004, p. 186.


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