General advice for non-Muslim woman attending a Muslim burial?
May 2, 2014 11:46 AM Subscribe
Should I, a non-Muslim woman, wear a hijab to a Muslim burial? What else do I need to know to avoid offending anyone there?
posted by Tarumba to Religion & Philosophy (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
For a variety of reasons, I have to go to the funeral of a Sudanese person who followed Islam. There will be Muslim people of several different nationalities, as well as non-Muslim people. We are in the USA.
By asking around, I have been told I should not attend the service because they do not allow women to attend funerals at the local Mosque, but I can go to the cemetery and attend the burial. I use the term "funeral" loosely. I think it's more like a short ceremony and prayer that must be done at the mosque.
The internet suggests no jewelry, no make up and modest dark clothes, which makes sense. Hijabs are mentioned, but I am not sure if it's appropriate for a non-Muslim to wear them? If so, are there any non-fashion tutorials that can teach me how to put it on properly?
Do you have any other advice regarding dress code, manners, etc.?