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  • I’ve heard that the Soul (Ruh) of a person visits their house for 40 days? Is there any significance of the 3rd day (‘Ziyarat’) or 40 days (‘Chehlum’) after a person’s death? 2004-09-29
  • Is it Mustahab when burying a female that the wooden plank are covered from the head side first, and from the feet side first for males 2004-09-20
  • it is permissible for a man to see/touch/embrace his dead wife? 2004-09-08
  • Once a man has passed away, is it permissible for his wife to view his face, or vice versa, as I was under the impression that marriage ended with divorce or death? 2004-08-22
  • Giving fidiyah for the prayers missed for a deceased parent. 1) Is this allowed? 2004-08-11
  • I’ve heard that a dead body can sense pain and can hear. When there is no Soul in the body, how can it sense pain? Since, the ‘Ruh’ is separated from the body are there two different entities here? 2004-08-03
  • Coping with Death...My sister passed away in a terrible car accident. What happens to Muslims who die in such accidents? How do we cope with such a sudden loss? 2004-07-30
  • Please explain the DO’s and DON’Ts narrating the Sahih Hadiths that should be observed, when burying someone? 2004-06-22
  • Can we use a Grave Marker to identify our loved one’s grave, and also to signify that this spot belongs to someone, so that it’s not dug up again? How to place it, and what to be inscribed? 2004-05-19
  • My mother died and i want her grave make marble/bricks. 2004-05-12
  • The fatwas regarding passing-on reward are based on Hadiths about giving Sadaqa on behalf of dead parents. Is there a single Hadith that supports reciting of Qur’an, Salaat, or fast on their behalf? 2004-05-09
  • What should be recited when visiting our loved one’s grave? 2004-04-30
  • Am I allowed to attend my wife’s side of the family’s funeral, knowing that her family members are not Muslim? Knowing that there will be a religious ceremony? 2004-04-22
  • With reference to your response to Q11174, if a person gets his reward or punishment in the grave, does this mean he will not be given the reward/punishment for those acts in the Aakhirat? 2004-04-14
  • Howz the torment of grave given to the one’s who are cremated or get drowned? 2004-04-01
  • Is it considered auspicious to die in certain months or on certain days? Do people who die on these days escape from all punishment? 2004-04-01
  • What to do at funerals? What is the way to mourn when a person dies? When people visit, to offer condolences, they want to pray, read the Quran and Yaseen for the dead. Is this ok or bidda? 2004-03-19
  • A person will be judged ONLY on the Day of Judgement, then why is the Azab (torture) given in the Khabr (grave) to sinners? 2004-03-19
  • Is there a narration, which documents that Rasulullah s.a.w.s. ever performed an Ibadat like reciting Qur’an, and asking Allah s.w.t. to forward the reward to any of his deceased relatives? 2004-03-12
  • Is a widow allowed to leave the confines of the inside of her home, to attend to outdoor chores such as doing washing etc during her idaat? 2004-02-23
  • My brother passed away and I wanted to lead the funeral prayer. 2004-02-22
  • Is it sunnah to lift the hands and make duaa at the graveyard?. You stated earlier that it is proven that Nabi (S.A.W.) did lift his hands. 2003-12-15
  • In sitting for Sunnat Etikaaf are you allowed to join a congregation for Janaza Namaaz? If not why? 2003-11-19
  • What happens to a persons soul if he drowns in the ocean?The person that drowned is a 10 year old non-baligh non-muslim. 2003-11-14
  • If my father passed away & left his life insurance to my mother-does the money have to be evenly distributed amonngst my 3 brothers or does my mother make the decision to use as she sees fit? 2003-11-10
  • I am torn with guilt because my father asked me to come see him 2 months before he passed away ,I did not come and when I did was too late. I need to know that he forgives me, can he hear me? 2003-11-03
  • Can dead person hear and see his ralatives and other person sitting around him?. 2003-10-24
  • I work for a company which has a funeral cover for all employees, what it means is that when I passaway everything is paid for. When I pass what must my family do with the money ? 2003-10-20
  • Are Grave stones made of Granite or Marble also known as headstones allowed on Muslim Graves? 2003-10-06
  • what is the daleel for indirect dua to Allah through a dead person or through nabi after his death 2003-10-02
  • 1)My friend was asking if it is permissible to let his wife dominate him.also,is use of sex toys like dildo on private parts of wife and husband permissible in islam? 2003-09-10
  • In The Name of Allah I need to know more about our relations with non-muslim family eg:my wife embraced islam in 1989,what if someone in her family dies,mother or father,can she attend the funaral. 2003-09-08
  • 1)What should I read to protect myself from grave punishments? 4)Can any one become a saint if so how? 2003-09-03
  • we need to mourn for 3 days over a funeral, Some practise 40 days of mourn/recitation. 2003-09-01
  • Is there any example of any Sahabi making indirect Dua to Allah (through nabi) after the death of Rasulalla(PBUH 2003-08-29
  • isaale sawaab is permissible only with the use of money and reading quran and then giving the reward to the dead is no from no where proven form the hadith or quran. prove me wrong? 2003-08-08
  • What is the idea behind salat al-janaza lil ga’ib? 2003-06-24
  • bfore 10 years my father demised and I builded a small grave and kept name plate on my fathers grave. should i demolish the grave???? 2003-05-29
  • Please provide the Du’aas to protect oneself and his/her family from the Azaab (torment) of Sakaraat? 2003-05-22
  • Can women pray janazaa salaat behind the men?? 2003-03-14
  • what is your opinion on isaal e sawaab(sending sawaab to the dead) 2003-03-11
  • Is it permissable to make dua for a person who committed suicide and(if the person was not mentally in the right frame) 2003-02-26
  • Is it allowed for women to conduct funeral prayer on their own or with a male imam for a deceased relative? Can a women do the funeral prayer for her father at her home? 2003-02-24
  • I am questioning an act which is done at many funerals. After the body of the deceased is given a Ghusl, the body lies most probably in a room and generally the women- folk read for the muhroom... 2003-02-06
  • I would like to know if my sister who is 19 years of age,dresses islamically and respectfully should visit the graveyards o the holy saints(MAZAAR'S)? 2003-01-29
  • What happens to your body and soul when you pass away. Can you please explain in detail to me. 2003-01-24
  • It is said that during Ramadaan the dead are loose my friend died will he zieyaarat my house or only his house he lived in 2002-12-02
  • The answers for question nos. 569, 1264 & 1672 need clarity. The first two prohibit attendance of non-Muslim funerals while no.1672 implies that attendance is allowed. Can you please explain ? 2002-10-31
  • i want to know that is that permissable to make a nikah on phone ? what should i recite whenever i go to graveyard ? 2002-10-25
  • Should i GHUSUL or clean my legs after coming from graveyard ? 2002-10-25
  • Please list, what actions can be performed by me to provide Sawaab to the Ruh (Soul) of my ancestors? 2002-10-21
  • My Question is: Are we allowed to put flowers on a grave in the soil? and does this hurt the dead in anyway? can they feel it? 2002-10-16
  • someone by the name of Faraz Rabbani claims that it is okay to build domes and structures on graves. 2002-10-14
  • Please provide step-by-step instructions to bath a male and a female dead body. 2002-10-04
  • If a person is on life-support, and his organs are failing, and the probability of recovery is extremely low, can we as their family make a decision to, pull the plug (stop the use of life-support)? 2002-09-23
  • If a person is on life-support, and his organs are failing, and the probability of recovery is extremely low, can we as their family make a decision to, pull the plug (stop the use of life-support)? 2002-09-23
  • Paying money for graveyard maintenance. i visited graveyard, its keeper requested me for water tank. He will use the water for cleaning graveyard and for the plants. Will i get reward if i pay to him? 2002-09-14
  • A very close family friend and his family did not attend my grandfathers funeral. Because of this certain members of my family are still keeping a grudge against them 2002-08-13
  • according to answer #5287 sura Al-Fatiha is not read in janaza salaat.I refer to hadith #673 in sahih Al-Bukhari pls comment. 2002-08-07
  • if one recites Quran with the aim that the sawab is given to the dead, does that really help the one who died? 2002-07-31
  • after death of some one to take his funral occations in mosque? 2002-06-27
  • Does a husband have the "right" to deny his wife to attend her parent's (mother or fathers's) Janaaiz? 2002-06-18
  • I assisted in ghusal, when disposing of water little splashed on my clothing.I performed 3 salaat thereafter should I repeat salaats?.2)Is there any benefit if one passesaway day of Jummua? 2002-06-18
  • If a person is on life-support, and is practically dead, is his Ruh (Soul) still in his body, or has already left? 2002-06-14
  • Procedures to follow at the death of a Muslim man who practiced a gay lifestyle 2002-05-28
  • When we recite any part of Qur’an, is it a good practice to ask Allah s.w.t. to forward (pass on) the Sawaab to Rasulullah s.a.w.s., the Sahaba, our ancestors, and all Muslims who have passed away? 2002-05-16
  • ·What is SAKARAAT? ·Does every single person have to undergo this? Even the one’s that die of a sudden death? ·How can one try to protect them selves from it? 2002-05-09
  • ·What is SAKARAAT? ·Does every single person have to undergo this? Even the one’s that die of a sudden death? ·How can one try to protect them selves from it? 2002-05-09
  • What does happen to the soul after death? 2002-05-02
  • What does happen to the soul after death? 2002-05-02
  • Why aren't woman allowed into a graveyard? And is it true that the dead see woman naked and unclothed? 2002-04-30
  • Please explain in detail the Aadaab (rules) of burying someone, and the things that need to be recited, and the actions that need to be performed, before, during, and after the burial. 2002-04-10
  • Please provide the method of performing Salaat-ul-Janaaza with translation and translit of everything that needs to be recited. Also point out, how the recitations would differ based on sex and age. 2002-04-10
  • Problem with Inheritance from father 2002-04-01
  • 1. If one asks Allah S.W.T. to provide the Sawaab of his good deeds (like Quranic recitation) to several deceased friends, relatives, and ancestors, will this Sawaab be divided and hence reduce? 2002-03-28
  • Raising hands for pray on a grave 2002-03-20
  • If attending the funeral of a non-Muslim is Haram, then what do you have to say about the following Hadith? 2002-03-16
  • How does Islam view cremation of muslim? If cremation haraam, and muslims have faatiyah after cremation, is this a sin? 2002-03-05
  • For the sake of passing-on reward (Isaal-e-Sawaab) to the deceased, which is better, offerring Qurbaani/Performing Hajj/Umrah, OR giving away equivalent amount in Sadaqa on their behalf? 2002-03-04
  • Assalamualaekum, Can grandson inherit the property of his grandfather if grandson’s father (son of the grandfather) has died. Jazak ALLAH u khaira 2002-02-21
  • I have two questions regarding the topic of the death of one's wife. I will be very obliged if you can answer me with some valid Hadith. Jazakallah. 2002-02-14
  • Is it permissible for a convert to Islam from Judaism to say Jewish prayers for the dead for deceased relatives? 2001-12-15
  • Is it permissible for a man to bathe his wife's dead body. 2001-12-12
  • 1) If someone makes a request to pray for the Maghfirath of their relative, what Du?aa should be recited? (2) Similarly how does one pray for someone?s health or expeditious recovery? 2001-12-11
  • What is the proper way of asking Allah S.W.T. to forward the Sawaab (Baksh) of my recitation of Qur?an (charity, etc.) to my deceased kith or kin? 2001-11-18
  • Does Islam allow for use of ‘life-support’ to keep a person alive (breathing) even though he is practically dead? 2001-11-15
  • What are the teaching/hadith about putting flowers on a grave? Should one do that or should one rather use the money and give to the poor/needy. 2001-11-06
  • Assalaamu Alaikum Mufti Saheb, Why is donating one's organs after death forbidden? 2001-11-03
  • Who does one make niyyah for when performing esaala sawaab? 2001-09-24
  • Assalamualaikum Respected Mufti Saheb can you please tell me about the trials of the grave? Jazakallah Khair. may Allah reward you for your good work. 2001-09-20
  • Assala o Alekum if any body(dead) can get reward of my recite from H.Quran after my request to Allah.pl give full detail covering Quran & Hadith (F.Hanfi)Allah Hafiz 2001-09-18
  • Suppose a Muslim dies outside his country, where do you bury him? Do you fly him back or he is buried where he died in order to cater for the 24hr burial muslim code. 2001-09-13
  • Removing pubic hair of the deceased. 2001-08-31
  • When giving Ghusl to the mayyat, when washing the satar from naval to the knee, is it compulsary to wear gloves or is it permissible to wash without gloves? 2001-07-15
  • Thanking those who sent condolences upon the death of son with message from Quran and Sunnah 2001-07-07
  • Do we have to perform ghusal, janazah salaat and bury in a Muslim cemetary, a Muslim who has committed suicide? 2001-06-30
  • Sometimes when someone dies a lady goes to his family and usually reads Yasseen Shareef and the last 3 surats. Then makes dua. Can a lady do that if she was in her period? 2001-06-19
  • Is it permissible for the husband to view the face of his wife after her death and can he assist in the burial process? 2001-05-26
  • The stillborn babies are not burried in the muslim cemetry and no namaz-e-Jinazah is offered even they are born by muslim parents. Why? 2001-05-22
  • What is the ruling on post mortems (autopsy), particularly those requested by the police? 2001-05-16
  • What is the ruling on post mortems (autopy), particularly those requested by the police? 2001-05-15
  • Is it haram for women to visit the graveyard? My wife insists that she visit the gravesite of her mother to pray. Opinions are divided in USA. 2001-05-07
  • What does one read when someone passes away? 2001-04-30
  • Is one allowed to make duaa facing the graves of the dead by raising the hands, or should one face the Kaaba. Is the shirk? 2001-04-27
  • If you have a dream about a dead person in your family or anyone that has passed away does it mean that death is coming to you or someone in your family? 2001-03-31
  • When one makes intention so the reward of the deed goes to the deceased,(e.g reciting Sura Yasin) does the person who performs the virtuous act also get ANY reward? 2001-03-18
  • My wife Alhumdullilah accepted Islam, what happens at the time of her burial, she has no family members. 2001-02-22
  • I have heard that a husband is not allowed to carry the janaza of his wife as well as enter the grave during burial. Is there such a thing and why? 2001-02-09
  • Can Sura Yaseen be dedicated in memory of a dead person or Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) or can I recite it for myself? 2001-02-09
  • In makkah when salaatul janazah is prayed and the imam does one salam do we do one salaam or two? 2001-02-01
  • My friend has recently found out that her house was built on a very old burial site. Is there something she should do, besides moving. Thank you. 2001-02-01
  • What happens with a muslim who`s soul has passed away to meet Azrain(Death Angel)? What happens then? 2001-01-25
  • Death in toilet. Is it bad ? 2001-01-16
  • Is it proper to be burried in a non-Muslim cemetery? 2000-12-09
  • Can a non Muslim attend a Muslim's funeral? What does the non muslims say to the family of the deceased as condolences? 2000-12-07
  • When a Muslim dies, why must we cover there faces? 2000-11-17
  • My relative recently passed away. He had a disease. As he was passing away he recited some Christan couplets (which are recited at church). Did he pass away as Muslim? 2000-11-11
  • I would like to know that, after the death of the husband, is it necessary for the wife, only to wear white colour cloths not other colours, Kindly clarify? 2000-11-11
  • Are Muslims allowed to attend the funeral of a non-Muslim? 2000-10-19
  • Can dead Muslims hear us when we visit their graves? 2000-10-19
  • What du'aas can we say to help the dead Muslims? 2000-10-19
  • Dear Respected Mufti Saheb, My friend's father died a while ago, and she talks about him sometime. Does talking about him cause him punishment in the grave? 2000-10-14
  • My grandfather and mother are dead, my mum tells me to read the Quran for them, is this allowed? If not why? 2000-10-14
  • I have lost one child during birth and another due to a miscarriage. Was there supposed to be Janaaza Salaat in these situations and will the children intercede for me on the day of Qiyaamat? 2000-10-05
  • In Bahishti Zewar, it was stated that there is no recitation of any other verse of the Holy Quran in funeral prayer.Is this condition is same according to Syafie? 2000-10-03
  • My brother died. Is my mother obligated for iddat, since my sister-in-law lives in different country. 2000-09-27
  • What happens to someone who has died by being burnt with fire or eaten up by an animal? Do the Angels who question the dead in the grave question him or her? 2000-09-13
  • Is the reading of Yasin khatam in Masjid after someone dies a sunnah or a custom? 2000-09-02
  • Why is a women not allowed to attend a funeral? 2000-08-27
  • If one's mother dies and she is not a Muslim, is it permissible toattend her burial? 2000-08-27
  • I would like to know what is the significance of Fateha, not the SurahFaatiha but the one that is read after Yaaseen or wne someone passes away. 2000-08-27
  • Is Ghusal compulsory for a murdered person? 2000-08-27
  • Is it necessary to put Surma for the deceased? 2000-08-27
  • When it is mentioned that someone has passed away, some say, 'Iinna lillahi wainna ilayhi raaji'una', while others say, 'Lailaha illa-llah'. Who is correct? 2000-08-27
  • How should the Janazah be positioned when praying? 2000-08-27
  • If a person does not perform Salaat and dies, some Shaikhs in the rural areas do not perform Salaat ul-Janazah for him or her. Is this correct? 2000-08-27
  • Is it permissible for a Muslim to take part in non-Islamic prayers conducted for example at funerals? 2000-08-27
  • Is it allowed shaving the hair when a relative has passed away? 2000-08-27


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