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Rules of Dying Persons.

533. A Muslim who is dying, whether man or woman, old or young, should be laid on his/her back if possible, in such a manner that the soles of his/her feet would face the Qibla. It is not possible to lay him/her in this way, this rule should be observed only as far as possible and if laying of the person is not possible at all, he/she must be sited to face Qibla and if this is not possible, he/she must be laid to right or left side facing Qibla.

534. It is an obligatory precaution that the dead body should be laid facing the Qibla during the Ghusls. However, when Ghusls are completed, it is better to lay it the same way as it is laid when prayers are offered for it.

535. It is an obligatory precaution upon every Muslim, to lay a dying person facing the Qibla. There is no need to seek the permission for it from the guardian.

536. It is recommended that the doctrinal testimony of Islam (Shahadatain) and the acknowledgement of the twelve Imams and other tenets of faith should be inculcated to a dying person in such a manner that he/she would understand. It is also recommended that these utterances are requested till the time of his/her death.

537. It is recommended that the following supplications should be read over to a dying person in such a manner that he/she would understand: Allahhumma ghfir liyal kathira mim ma’asika waqbal minniyal yasira min ta’atika ya man yaqbalul yasira wa ya’afu ‘anil kathir, Iqbal minniyal yasira wa’fu ‘anniyal kathir. Innaka antal ‘afuwwul Ghafur. Alla hum mar hamni fa innaka Rahim

538. It is Mustahab to carry a person experiencing painfully slow death to the place where he used to offer prayers, provided that it does not cause him any discomfort.

539. If a person is in the throes of death it is Mustahab to recite by his side Surah Yasin, Surah as-Saffat, Surah al-Ahzab, Ayat al-Kursi and 54th verse of Surah al-A’raf, “Ana Rabokom-ollah Alladhi Khalagha-As-Samavalte …” and the last three verses of Surah al-Baqarah. In fact it is better to recite as much from the Holy Qur’an as possible.

540. It is Makrooh to leave a dying person alone or to place a weight on his stomach, or the chatter idly or wail near him or to let only women remain with him. It is Makrooh to be by his/her side in the state of Janabat or Hayz.