Some Muslim brothers have set up pages on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp in which they announce funerals taking place in their locations. Is this regarded as coming under the heading of death announcements that are forbidden?
Death announcements are of three types: those that are forbidden, those that are disliked [Makrooh], and those that are permissible. The kind of death announcements that is forbidden is that which is like the death announcements of the people of the Jaahiliyah, which were based on shouting out in public places and mentioning the status of the deceased and eulogizing him. The kind of death announcement that is disliked [Makrooh] is announcing the death by calling out and raising the voice, without mentioning his status and eulogizing him. As for the kind of death announcement that is permissible, it is simply announcing the death of the deceased, without calling it.