Asking the Dead

Question:

I am a 15 years old boy, when I was 14 , one of my uncle’s friend started taking me to a place where someone who is called to be pious lays dead and told me to pray in front of him, it kept happening for months when i came to know the it was shirk i told my family about this they just manipulating the ”ayats”, and saying that Allah(swt) allowed this and if you don’t do this you are going to commit a grave sin, but that’s not what i read.

Answer:

In the name of Allāh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Assalāmu ῾alaykum wa Rahmatullāhi Wabarakātuh.

It is not permissible to call out to the dead for any kind of help or assistance.[1]

There is no permissibility in the Holy Qur’an[2] with regards to seeking help from the dead. Such an act constitutes kufr and the implications of that are major. We advice you to be firm and steadfast on the belief and Aqidah of the Ahlus Sunnah wal-jama’ah, and protect your self from the deviated sects.

And Allah Ta‘ala knows best
Mufti Luqman Hansrot
Fatwa Dept.


[1]  ويكفر بقوله أرواح المشايخ حاضرة تعلم …(مجمع الأنهر في شرح ملتقى الأبحر , باب الرد , رشيديه ,ج 1 , ص 209

[2] وَمَنْ أَضَلُّ مِمَّنْ يَدْعُو مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ مَنْ لا يَسْتَجِيبُ لَهُ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ وَهُمْ عَنْ دُعَائِهِمْ غَافِلُونَ .(قران الكريم ,سورة الاحقاف , 5)
وَلا تَدْعُ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ مَا لا يَنْفَعُكَ وَلا يَضُرُّكَ فَإِنْ فَعَلْتَ فَإِنَّكَ إِذاً مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ . (قران الكريم ,سورة يونس , 106)

4(فتاوى محموديه ,جامعه فاروقيه , ج 1 , ص 350 )

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