Making Tawaf for Deceased Relatives: Permissible?
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Making Tawaf for Deceased Relatives: Permissible?

Questioner

Mohamed

Reply Date

Aug 19, 2018

Question

As-Salamu alaykum. I am going to do `Umrah in a month time. I just wanted to know after completing my `Umrah, if I can just perform voluntary tawaf and donate the reward to my deceased relative (this is without doing another `Umrah).

Mufti

Answer


Making Tawaf for Deceased Relatives

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

There is no hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) or a practice of the companions to support making tawaf and dedicating its reward for a dead or for a living Muslim.


Answering your question, Dr. Mohammad S. Alrahawan, Associate Professor at the department of Islamic Studies in English, Al-Azhar University, Egypt, states:

There is no hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) or a practice of the companions to support making tawaf and dedicating its reward for a dead or for a living Muslim.

There are numerous hadiths which confirm the act of dedicating complete Umrah, Hajj, running charity and fasting to dead people.

It is recommended that you make tawaf for yourself but you increase making duaa for your deceased relative. Your supplications will benefit him according to the Prophet’s hadith, “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased).” (Muslim)

According to the report of `A’ishah, “The Prophet (peace be upon him) told me to go to Al-Baqi` cemetery and pray for forgiveness for them.” She said,” What should I say, O Messenger of Allah?” He said: “Say: Peace be upon the inhabitants of this place among the believers and Muslims. May Allah have mercy upon those who have gone on ahead of us and those who come later on, and we will join you, if Allah wills.” (An-Nasa’i)

Allah Almighty knows best.




About Dr. Mohammad S. Alrahawan

Associate Professor at the department of Islamic Studies in English, Al-Azhar University, Egypt

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