If the body of a Muslim was cremated (perhaps because of Hindu family members), can Janazah Salaah be performed with ashes if they are able to be retrieved?
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
In such a case where unfortunately the body was cremated or badly decomposed, Janazah Salaah will not be performed. The remains will be placed in a cloth and buried.
Although Janazah will not be performed, Dua can be made, asking Allah Ta’ala to have mercy upon the deceased and forgive his sins. Muslims living in such a situation where their next of kin or children are non- Muslims, must leave behind a recognised bequest for an Islamic Janazah and burial.
And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best
Mufti Arshad Ali
Darul Iftaa, Jaamia Madinatul Uloom (Trinidad)