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Ruling 592

Ṣalāt al‐mayyit must be performed while standing and with the intention of attaining proximity to Allah; and at the time of making the intention the corpse must be specified; for example, one makes the intention: ‘I am performing the prayer for this corpse qurbatan ilal lāh (to attain proximity to Allah)’. And the obligatory precaution is that the type of stillness of body that is required in the daily prayers must be observed [in this prayer as well].