ABSTRACT

Ummah, or community, is a vital part of the Islamic faith, and its significance is evidenced in many daily practices of Muslims. Ahadith, or important scriptures that serve as a guide for Muslims on how to live, state that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) 1 said, “Feed the hungry, visit the sick, and set free the captives” (Al-Bukhari, Vol. 7, no. 552). To illustrate the nature of this kinship further, Muslims are also expected to attend funeral services for community members with whom they may not be intimately acquainted (Abu-Ras & Abu-Bader, 2008).