WARNING: This is going to enrage you. The process involved saying “Allahu Akbar” and asking for Bin Laden to be “admitted to paradise and protected from the torment of Hell-fire.” I feel like vomiting.
(ABC News) — Osama bin Laden’s corpse was taken to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, officials tell ABC News.
The process of his burial at sea was done in accordance with Muslim law — a Muslim seaman conducted the process and said the proper prayers, with bin Laden’s body wrapped in the appropriate way.
Administration officials say it’s important to do this so as to not inflame the Muslim world.
Here are the prayers involved:
The spoken part of the prayer involves quietly reciting Al-Fatiha, then praying for God to bestow peace, mercy and blessings upon the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and finally saying two supplicative prayers. This is done with an Imam present and while facing the qibla (in the direction of Mecca).
Muhammad and his companions explained how the funeral prayer is to be done. It is done as follows:
You say the first Takbir (“Allahu akbar” meaning “Allah is Greater”), then you seek refuge with Allah from the accursed Shaytaan, then you say “Bismillah ir-Rahmaan ir-Raheem” (“In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful”) and recite al-Fatihah (the first surah/first seven ayat; the oft-repeated verses, umm al-Qur’an) followed by recitation of a short surah or several ayat. Then you say Takbir and send blessings upon Muhammad as one does at the end of the prayer. Then you say a third Takbir and make du’aa’ (supplication) for the deceased. The best is to say:
“O Allah, forgive our living and our dead, those who are present among us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our males and our females. O Allah, whoever You keep alive, keep him alive in Islam, and whoever You cause to die, cause him to die with faith. O Allah, forgive him and have mercy on him, keep him safe and sound and forgive him, honour the place where he settles and make his entrance wide; wash him with water and snow and hail, and cleanse him of sin as a white garment is cleansed of dirt. O Allah, give him a house better than his house and a family better than his family. O Allah, admit him to Paradise and protect him from the torment of the grave and the torment of Hell-fire; make his grave spacious and fill it with light. O Allah, do not deprive us of the reward and do not cause us to go astray after this.”