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Visiting the family of the deceased and reciting al-Fatiha

Question:

What do the scholars and experts of shari’ah say regarding the following? There is a custom between people that after burying the dead body people go back to the deceased’s house and request for Surah al-Fatiha to be recited. Thereafter they read something and raise their hands. What is the ruling for these actions?

Answer:

There is nothing wrong with respect to these actions. By doing this, the deceased is helped, and forgiveness is asked on his/her behalf to Allah ﷻ. It has been mentioned in Shari’ah that condolences be given in the best manner possible in order to bring the families at ease. It has been narrated in Ibn Maja and Baihaqi, that the Prophet ﷺ said: ‘Any believer who helps and gives condolence to another believer in the time of sorrow, Allah will honour him/her with clothes of respect.’

Miah Ishaq Dehlwi accepted that raising hands is absolutely in accordance with the etiquette of Du’a. Therefore, there is nothing wrong in performing a supplication at the time of condolence as well.

And Allah ﷻ knows the best

Imam Ahmad Rida Khan رحمة الله تعالى عليه

Translation by Dr Musharraf Hussain Al-Azhari Translator of Majestic Quran, www.majesticquran.co.uk