- In some later inscriptions there are sayings that suggest that some communication can occur in this state - The suggestion is that seeing the dead in dreams might be assigned as the fate of the death - Sufism - Some more conservative muslims deny that sufi’s are muslims at all - Etymology stresses deny the body - The early history of islam includes some early sufis - While the early islamic community tended to stress the outer mannifestations of faith - 5 pillar prayers, living in accordance with the prophet, etc. - there also developed amovement of submitting one’s ego to god o- For the very early sufi movement - muhammad is traced o- Muhammad's meditations in a mountain became the basis for sufi’s exclusions - Many of the sufi practices were based on what they read in the example of muhammad - For early sufis, there was an emphasis on loving devotion to allah
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- Don't give in to the passions of the flesh - Two key practices: - Dhikr (remembrance)- Practices that are meant to keep the divine constantly in the individuals mind - Constantly repeating the 99 names of god - Devotional music - - Meditation - Funerary Practice - The good death: Shahada as last words- Reaffirms the oneness of god and muhammad as the prophet - At the time of death the eyes are closed and the body is covered - islamic concern for modesty- Those who are present are allowed to cry but there is a rule about expressing an excessive amount of grief - Could be a way of distinguishing themselves from judaism - who in early time would rip their clothing off in grief - An excess of grief could suggest that one does no submit to / accept god’s belief of death - they may be making a statement against god - Body is washed by family member of the same gender - those who did the washing of the deceased must then wash themselves and do a wudu - which means ablution - ritualcleaning - to make oneself ritually pure - Shrouding the body - Funeral service o- Should participate in funeral services whether or not you are a family member of the deceased o- Necessary to purify oneself after praying for the dead - Immediate burial - ideally within 24 hours after death - The body is buried facing mecca / qibla
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