Supplicating for the deceased

Reference: Fataawa Noor ‘alad-Darb – Question No.6451, Pages 277-278, Volume 12

Question: [Please] guide me to good deeds which I can do so [their reward] reach my father, and may you be rewarded.

Response: [Regarding those] good deeds whose reward can reach your father, [then] the best of them, and the most beneficial are what the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) has instructed [us with], as he said:

«When a person dies, all his deeds come to an end except three: recurring charity, beneficial knowledge [which he has left behind], or a righteous child who supplicates for him (the deceased)» [transmitted by at-Tirmidhee]

So supplicating is the best [deed] which a person can gift his deceased father and mother, or relative or friend, and because of this the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did not say that a person should do [any specific] deed on behalf of the deceased, rather he said:

«…or a righteous child who supplicates for him (the deceased)»

So that which is befitting for us is to increase in supplicating for those of our deceased, and render our righteous deeds for ourselves, for indeed we will be in need of these deeds, just as the deceased will be in need of them.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

– from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee’ah in 2004.