What are the religious duties that should be performed for miscarried children?
Submitted by on Wed, 17/03/2010 - 12:50
Dear Brother / Sister,
It is necessary to wash the miscarried children who had any sign of life (such as voice, breathing, moving…). Children who were born dead, and whose all organs formed must be washed as well. Miscarried children whose organs were not totally formed are not washed. They are buried, wrapped in a cloth, without a name. Funeral prayer for them is not performed. According to Hanafis, if a child dies after giving a voice right after birth, it is considered to have been alive at the time of birth and it is given a name, washed, and funeral prayer for it is performed. However, if there was not any sign of life, that is if it was already dead at the time of birth, it is given a name, washed and buried wrapped in a cloth without performing funeral prayer. (Wahba Zuhayli, Islam Fıkhı, 3/60)
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