Muslims prefer to bury the body of the deceased within 24 hours. The deceased is placed with their head facing the Muslim holy city of Makkah. The body is then ritually washed. Muslims prefer this ritual to be performed by family or close friends rather than by hospital staff or undertakers.
Male relatives will wash male bodies and female relatives will wash female bodies. After the ritual washing, the body is wrapped in a shroud. This is usually white. The salat for the dead, is then performed. The ceremony usually takes place in the family home and is led either by someone the deceased chose before their death, a close relative or the family imam.
It is generally accepted that Muslim funerals should be as respectful as possible without being extravagant. It is forbidden to cremate the body of a Muslim. Muslims are buried with their face turned to the right, facing Makkah.
Gravestones are kept simple, marked only by the deceased’s name and date of death. Many Muslims will spend money on the poor rather than on an elaborate memorial stone.
Official mourning lasts for 3 days and includes a banquet to remember the deceased. On the third day relatives visit the grave and recite extracts from the Qur’an.