HELP! MY MUSLIM NEIGHBOR DIED OF CANCER, HOW DO I HELP THEM?

Hi A.S.S.,

Seeking your advice. Recently my Muslim neighbor died, leaving behind his wife, children and many grand children.

He was a very nice and friendly man to me and my family since young. During CNY he even gave my baby nephew angpao. He had been battling cancer for a period of time.

As a non-Muslim, how can I help? I do not want to accidentally do something insensitive during this period of time but I would like to help them.

As his eldest son is returning with his wife on a flight from overseas, I was wondering how fast must a Muslim person be buried? I worry that he may not be able to make it in time for the burial.

Finally, how do I express my sympathy as a non-Muslim and what should I do to show support? Is sending flowers or a sympathy card appropriate?

Thanks in advance.

Justin

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