Shall we pray (Dua) for the dead ?

Duaa for relatives or friends who have passed away. Can the dead hear us?

We read Al  Quran,  Sura Yasin, Al Fatiha , Qul , Ayartul Kursi,  Zdikir and Duaa Supplications  for our relatives and friends who have passed away .

Most of the Burmese Muslims read the above at the Mayat (deceased ) House and at the mosques and at graves.  There are evidences that it is in the Hadith to perform such Duaas.

In Malaysia also many mosques, houses, and Muslims perform such practice of recitations.

Those who are against the above concept, they visit the deceased house and just sat down talked about worldly matters and went back. These  group of Muslims say it is no use to recite the above at the Mayat (deceased) house because it will not reach or benefit the dead person’s soul and it is Bidaa (Prophet never practiced and a new invention in religion). 

These people should not take Airplane to perform Hajj or Umra, they should ride camel or donkey or walk to Two great Mosques in Mecca and Medina because at the time of Prophet (SAW) there was no motor car or Airplane.  Well, Reading Quran is not BIDAA (a new invention in religion).

For a small matter of BIDAA they want to block Muslims and younger ones to abandon the  habit of reading Quran and its important Ayats and Duaas.  If one has to use his brain the question is which is better —to read Quran or not to read Quran?  Allah said for every alphabet of Holy Quran you read shall be rewarded. If one listens to the Quran read by  another person, the listener will get a better reward.  So reading Quran is not BIDAA.  We are now facing with problem that people don’t read Quran , instead of telling them to abstain from it, we must encourage them to read Quran.  Especially on special occasions like when somebody passed away at home or some gatherings rather than talking, watching TV  and  listening to  music.

I would like to tell respectable believers that reading Quran and all the above Ayats Duaas are beneficial and rewarding from Allah.  So believers  must read Quran daily at any time , any where, any place,  every where, every time,  at home , in the mosques , , while travelling in the car,  in any vehicle, in the hospital, in the bed, when wake up from sleep,  at the time of near death,  at grave yard  and also in the deceased house.

In Holy Quran Allah (SWT) taught us how to Duaa for dead persons I shall point out one Ayat out of many to prove that it will benefit the deceased souls; Please  read the following ayat. Sura 14  Ayat 41.   “Our Lord ! Forgive me and my parents, and all the believers on the Day when the reckoning  will be established.”

Hadith  Ibn ‘Abbas reported: “Once the Prophet (saws) passed by graves in Madinah.  He turned his face toward them saying: ‘Peace be upon you, O dwellers of these graves.  May Allah forgive us and you. You have preceded us, and we are following your trail’.” (Tirmidhi)

If one is doubtful what people say or quoted  wrongly about Hadith  we should check with Holy Quran and clarify the doubt.

It is mentioned in the Holy Quran (Sura 25 Verses 29 and 30 below) because of such people like BIDAA group or Shaitan advising or misleading people to abstain from reading Quran, Alfatihah, Qul, tasbee and Doa as BIDAA and Said , Allah and Angels will curse them because of creating BiDAA.(New invention). Reading Quran is not BIDAA.

  Amazing wrong idea  is “Will Allah and his Angels curse believers for reading Quran,Al- Fatihah, Qul, tasbee and Doa ? what a foolish and irresponsible ideas they  are preaching?  Such ideas come  from Shaitan. Believers must be very careful.

Read  Sura 25 verse 29  “He indeed led me astray from the reminder (this Quran) after it had come to me. And Shaitan(Satan) is ever deserter to man in the hour of need”. and verse 30  ” And the messenger (SAW) will say” O my lord Verily my people deserted this Quran” .

Burmese translation: Sura 25 verse 29 and 30

So I would like to tell them don’t preach Shaitanic ideas by using term BIDAA and forsake or abstain from Quran. Don’t follow Shaitan.

In light of the authentic narrations of the Messenger of Allah (SAW), and Al Quran,  it is absolutely permissible to send salutations and pray to Allah Subhanah to forgive our loved ones dead and the deceased believers (friends and non relatives).

Again it is not BIDAA to send Salaam to Prophet.

It is absolutely a must , commanded by Allah (SWT) to send salutations to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) even if you hear his name Muhammad Rasullulah we must say peace be upon him with due respect.


Read Al Quran 33:56

 “Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet : O you who believe! Send you blessings on Him, and salute him with all respect.”


Even Almighty Allah (SWT) himself and His angels send salaam to Prophet, who are we not to send salaam to our Prophet?  So when we check with the Holy Quran , BIDAA group has no place to disturb us. We all must sendsalaam to our beloved Prophet as many times as possible the more the better. Please Read in Burmese  version.

 It is permissible to send greetings to the dead when one visits a graveyard,  or prays to Allah Subhanah to forgive the dead believers (relatives or friends). 

 Can the dead hear us?  Allah knows the best . Allah (SWT) taught us to Ask Duaa for them. We only Duaa for them for Allah’s mercy and forgiveness . We don’t ask anything or any help from them.


The forbiddance is when one goes to a grave of a human being,  DARGA,( Shrine of Sufis, Kings, Religious leaders) Taungpyone pwe Taw etc, no matter who he is,  even our Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) grave in Medina and starts invoking him for some favors,  or starts festivities at the grave of the deceased with the intention of seeking the good will and pleasure of the deceased,  or asking him to take his message to Allah Subhanah and get it answered,  or invoking the dead in the grave as if they have the power within themselves to hear them and respond to their pleadings accordingly!    Such practices formulate the heinous and unforgivable sin of ‘shirk’ and are absolutely forbidden in Islam.

“We only Worship Allah and We only ask help from him” Sura 1 Alfatiha Verse 5 and 6  In other words “you alone we worship , and you alone we ask for help” and guide us to the Straight way.


This is our strong faith. We read all the time Sura Fatiha,  but we are weak and we can always forget this agreement many times unknowingly, at times of distress by running to others and depending upon others and ask help from others beside Allah (SWT). (Minor Shirk). If there strikes any problem on you the first step is to talk to Allah and seek help from Allah. He will guide you to the right path. That is our good and strong faith to adhere to.

 Any good idea is from Allah, the mistakes are from myself. May Allah guide us all to the right path.


 Dr Ebrahim




3 thoughts on “Shall we pray (Dua) for the dead ?

  1. kyawkyawoo says:

    Asslamualaikum WBT,

    It is very sad to hear that people simply want to leave the dead.
    During the Socialist Era in the USSR, the dead were simply buried and after that all the people left.
    Relatives and next of Kin who were trained not to believe in any religions started drinking Vodka during the mourning period to overcome their grief.
    Islam is the religion that taught all of us to have connection with Allah SWT at anytime, from the time we wake up from the bed until we close our eyes to rest at the end of the day.
    Allah SWT taught as many Duas in the Holy Book for many instances. So it is illogical to abandon the Dead person the same way as communists have done ( Later even communist changed the way due to overwhelming protest by the people, so they allowed to say some good deeds of the Dead person in a ceremony).
    The relatives who are in grief will ask Allah crying and weeping to forgive their sins and to grant all our fore fathers to grant entry into Heavens. Can’t we do that?
    Death is one of the most important events in a human’s life and Allah will not abandon those who are grieving or the dead person on that important day. We have Duas to recite on every acts such as, before eating, for exams, to get good children, for prosperity, for health,during droughts, during why not in a person’s last journey? Or on the occasions that relatives gather to recite Holy Quran verses on their anniversary of demise or whatever..I have done it for my late father without missing a year for last seven years, apart from visiting his grave on his birthday and other days that I feel I want to pay a visit, and recite verses of Al Quran.
    Allah is Al Mighty, who sees our heart, who knows our intention. As long as our intention is pure Allah will accept our Duas. ( Insha Allah)
    Allah will not punish all of us for reciting Ayats and Surahs of the Holy Book, as our intention is “Hope” to get “Mercy” from Allah SWT which is very basic teaching of Islam.
    Allah knows the best,
    Kyaw Kyaw Oo

  2. U Soe Lwin says:

    رَبَّنَا وَأَدْخِلْهُمْ جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ الَّتِي وَعَدتَّهُمْ وَمَن صَلَحَ مِنْ آبَائِهِمْ وَأَزْوَاجِهِمْ وَذُرِّيَّاتِهِمْ ۚ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ
    Our Lord, and admit them to gardens of perpetual residence which You have promised them and whoever was righteous among their fathers, their spouses and their offspring. Indeed, it is You who is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.(40;8)
    According to Quran (40;8) Every Muslin must pray (Dua) for all believers who passed away.

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