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Holding vigils and attending them

Fatwaa ID: 1849

Asalamu alaykum respected scholars. I’m sure most ppl have heard of the sad incident where a 6 year old Palestinian boy was stabbed and murdered a few days ago here in the US in Illinois because he was Palestinian and Muslim; as well as his mother being attacked and is in critical condition. Tonight a vigil was held in the boys honor and hundreds of ppl came to it.

Are we allowed to have vigils or allowed to attend them? I’ve seen many in college campuses before.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

May Allaah Ta’aala grant comfort, solace and sabr jameel to the family of the murdered child as well as the Ummah at large. May justice be served in this world and the next.

Vigils are associated and sourced from religious practices of the Christians. They hold religious meanings and significance. Accordingly, it is not permissible for a Muslim to host such vigils nor should he join them. The true vigil of a believer is in Tahajjud Salaah. How many of us are actually crying at night to Allaah Ta’aala for His Divine assistance? Only He can change the matter.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

04/04/1445 AH – 10/19/2023 CE | AMG3-4206

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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