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Non-Muslim monotheists

Fatwaa ID: 1067

Assalamualaikum. I am a revert and my family follows the religion of Sikhism. My grandmother passed away earlier this week and died as a Sikh person who believed in one true God. I have two questions below:

1) I am wondering a lot about her Akhirah. Are monotheists from other religions (aside from Islam, Judaism and Christianity) accepted into Jannah for their belief in one God?

2) As a Muslim myself, am I allowed to make dua for her akhirah and for her acceptance into Jannah?

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

We are sorry to hear about the passing of your grandmother. We present our condolences to you. May Allaah Ta’aala grant you comfort and solace.

  1. Being a monotheist alone is not sufficient. For salvation and admittance into Jannah, it is necessary to be a Muslim. A person must believe in the oneness of Allaah Ta’aala and the finality of Muhammad ﷺ as a Messenger of Allaah Ta’aala. This also includes believing in all the teachings of Muhammad ﷺ. A Christian, a Jew or an adherent of any other faith will thus not attain salvation even if they were monotheistic. Submission to Allaah Ta’aala demands accepting and following His injunctions as outlined by the Messenger ﷺ.
    In the enquired situation, it may be heartbreaking and difficult to digest. Take as solace the story of Muhammad ﷺ and his dear uncle, Abu Taalib. Your grandmother will be compensated in accordance to her beliefs and deeds. Allaah Ta’aala is al-‘Aadil and al-Hakeem, the Just and the Wise. Trust Him and leave her matter to Him. Focus on your own deeds. Give da’wah to your other family members.
  2. No. This has been expressly prohibited in the Qur’aan.

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

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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