What are the rules concerning the carrying of the coffin?

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People should hasten when walking with the carried coffin. The prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) said: “Hasten with the Janazah (funeral), for if it is a good one, bliss is awaiting it, and if it is otherwise, you will be putting down wickedness off your necks.” [Reported by Imams Bukhari and Muslim]

People should walk in front of, in the back of, at the right of, or at the left of the coffin. Unless there is an excuse, it is not recommended to transport the coffin in a ride (car, horse, wagon, etc) according to the majority of scholars. The prophet (S.A.W.) was offered an animal to ride during a Janazah (funeral) but he refused to do so. When he (S.A.W.) left the Janazah (funeral), he was again offered the ride and he accepted it. When he was asked about that, he said: “The angels were walking, and I would not ride while they were walking, but when they left, I rode.” [Reported by Imams Abu Dawood, Al-Baihaqui, and Al-Hakim. Imam Al-Hakim said that this narration is authentic according to the authenticity condition of Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

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