they include various ceremonies which people believe are necessary to ensure that the deceased go on to whatever their next life will be
they give relatives and friends of the deceased time to mourn and show their grief - people often say that showing their grief formally helps them to get over their loss
When a Muslim is dying, they try to say the last words of Muhammad, the prophet of Allah: Allah, help me through the hardship and agony of death. Other people will say: To Allah we belong and to Allah we return.
Muslims try to bury the deceased as soon as possible, and certainly within three days.
The deceased’s body is washed and wrapped in a white cloth or shroud.
Muslims prefer not to use a coffin, but in some countries, including Wales and the rest of the UK, this is not allowed.
Bodies are buried facing Mecca which is the Muslim holy city in Saudi Arabia, where Muhammad is believed to have been born.