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Reciting Al-Faatihah For The Dead. by Taamas111 (m): 6:59pm on January 12
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

It is customary in our country on hearing the
news of someone death, to say "Al-Fatihah",
that is in addition to reciting "Innaalilaahi wa
innaa ilaihi roji'un". This is to done to
implore whoever is receiving the news to
recite Surat AlFatihah and to ask Allah to give
rewards of the recitation to dead person. Is
this a sunnah of the Prophet?

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.

We are not aware of any evidence in the
Sunnah that proves the recitation of chapter
Al-Faatihah particularly and offering its
reward to a dead person.
As for reciting Quran and offering its reward
to the dead person and the reward of other
good deeds, then this is allowed according to
the preponderant opinion of the scholars

However, a religiously valid action
sometimes turns into an innovation due to
some matter, such as reciting a specific
chapter of the Quran at a specific time or
reciting it in a gathering and the like, which
makes people think that it is a form of
Sunnah. Hence, they believe that practicing it
in such a manner is confirmed in the Sunnah
while it is not, and this belief in itself is an
As for the saying “Innaa lillaahi wa-innaa
ilayhi raaji’oon". (To Allah we belong and
unto Him is our return.), it is religiously
valid to say this at the time of calamity.
Allah says (what means): {And give good
tidings to the patient, who, when disaster
strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to
Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.”}
[Quran 2:156]

Allah Knows best.


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