One of the rights of fellow Muslims that must be fulfilled is attending the funeral of a deceased Muslim. Even though you don’t know him.
This is essential part of Muslim brotherhood. And Allah rewards a great reward for those who attend funerals of Muslims.
A hadith from Ubayy that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
مَنْ اتَّبَعَ جَنَازَةَ مُسْلِمٍ إِيمَانًا وَاحْتِسَابًا وَكَانَ مَعَهُ حَتَّى يُصَلَّى عَلَيْهَا وَيَفْرُغَ مِنْ دَفْنِهَا فَإِنَّه يَرْجِعُ مِنْ الْأَجْرِ بِقِيرَاطَيْنِ كُلُّ قِيرَاطٍ مِثْلُ أُحُدٍ وَمَنْ صَلَّى عَلَيْهَا ثُمَّ رَجَعَ قَبْلَ أَنْ تُدْفَنَ فَإِنَّهُ يَرْجِعُ بِقِيرَاطٍ
“Whoever follows the funeral of Muslim, in faith and seeking reward, and he remains with it until the prayer is offered and the burial ceremony is finished. Then, he will return with two great rewards. Each reward is like the size of mount Uhud. Whoever offers the funeral prayer and returns before the burial, then he will return with one great reward”. [Bukhari & Muslim].
So, one of the rights of a Muslim is to attend his funeral. Besides getting rewarded, the funeral will remind us of the death which we will feel later.
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