Monday, 18 May 2015

Shi'a Fatwa: Janaza (Funeral) Prayer Can be Offered Without Wudu

In the following Shi'a narration from the book Al-Kafi, the most authentic book of Twelver Shi'ite Hadith, it is mentioned that Wudu (purification) is not necessary for offering the Salat ul Janazah (funeral prayers):

محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن ابن فضال، عن يونس بن يعقوب 

قال: سألت أبا عبدالله (عليه السلام) عن الجنازة أيصلى عليها على غير وضوء؟ 

فقال: نعم إنما هو (1) تكبير وتحميد وتسبيح وتهليل كما تكبر وتسبح في بيتك 

على غير وضوء  

Translation: Yunus b. Ya'qub said: I asked Imam Aba Abdillah Ja'far (AS) about the Janazah, is it possible to pray it without Wudu? So he said: “Yes, it is Takbir, Tahmid, Tasbih, and Tahlil, like you do Takbir and Tasbih in your house without Wudu.”

Reference: Furu al-Kafi; vol.1, p.176

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