Asalamaleykum sheikh Webb, i have something that i need help. I don’t have your email that is why i decided to write here.
I reside in US, i have a question concern praying for someone who died but he/she died in other countries (not in US), under Islam can we pray(offer Janazah) here in US while the body is in another country?
Shukuran shekh, inshallah i hope we will get the best out of it.
I received your question and would like to say that I share your concern and pray for you in your loss. I ask Allah to replace this loss with what is better, grant you light and forgive the deceased.
Secondly, I advise you to wait until you are able to visit the dead’s grave and pray on him/her there. The Prophet [May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him] prayed the absentee prayer for the Ethiopian king “Najashi” who died in a place where no one was able to pray on him. Thus, if one dies and is prayed upon, he does not meet this condition.
If the Prophet [May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him] missed the congregational funeral prayer of a person, he would visit the grave of the dead and pray for him/her there. This was done in the case of the woman who used to clean his mosque and died. When the Prophet [May Allah's peace and blessings be upon him] was told of her death, he went to her grave and prayed on her. In the meantime, I encourage you to pray for the deceased and seek forgiveness for him/her.
I’m aware of a difference of opinion on this issue and hope that this answer will not be used to attack, disrupt or create problems with others. Imams may differ with this answer, and I certainly respect their contentions with respect and admiration.
Allah knows best