What is the ruling in a funeral on carrying a bier and reciting the Al-Burdah poem, written by
and eating food prepared by the bereaved family?
Reciting the Al-Burdah poem or anything else, whether it is from the Qur'an or Nashid (Islamic songs), during a funeral procession is Bid`ah (a rejected innovation in religion). This is forbidden, due to the narration in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: (Part No. 3; Page No. 104)
"Anyone who introduces something in this matter of ours (the religion) that is not from it, it will be rejected."
In another narration:
"Anyone who does something that we have not ordered it will be rejected."
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.