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Upon the demise of a person

Fatwaa ID: 1649

اسَّلَام عَلَيْكُم وَرَحْمَةُ اَللهِ وَبَرَكاتُهُ
Respected Mufti sb. When someone passes away, and the body hasn’t been given ghusl yet, can Quran be recited around the body? Also, is Surah Yaseen supposed to be recited before someone passing away, in their last moments, or after they have passed away? Is there anything specific that is to be recited after the person passes away? Also, the recitation that is done on date seeds, etc. – is it narrated that Kalma should be recited on them? Or anything specific like Istighfaar? JazakumAllah khayra.

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

  1. The jurists have deemed it somewhat unadvisable (makrooh tanzeehi) to recite the Qur’aan near the deceased until he is bathed. However, one may recite and do eesaal thawaab for the deceased prior the bathing from another room or place. That is permissible without any karaahah.
  2. Surah Yaseen may be recited at all three times.
  3. When a person passes away, one should say إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون and then make du’aa for the deceased. He may do any form is eesaal thawaab for the deceased. He should also present his condolences to the bereaved and try to comfort them. He should also say the following,
    إِنَّ لِلَّهِ مَا أَخَذَ، وَلَهُ مَا أَعْطَى، وَكُلُّ شَىْءٍ عِنْدَهُ بِأَجَلٍ مُسَمًّى، فَلْتَصْبِرْ وَلْتَحْتَسِبْ
    “Indeed whatever Allaah takes is His, and whatever He gives is His, and everything with Him has a limited term (in this world). So exercise patience and hope for Allaah’s reward.”
  4. I am not familiar with the date seed practice you refer to. However, it is permissible to count one’s tasbeeh and adhkaar on date seeds and other things. There is nothing specific.

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

02/01/1445 AH – 08/18/2023 CE | AML1-8208

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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