Before my son died ( he was Christian then ), he was able to do his shajada: How to do prayer for demised muslim son
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Before my son died ( he was Christian then ), he was able to do his shajada. My question is can I ask my sister who is a Christian to do the prayer for my son every time they visit him in his grave? We are living here in UAE but my son was buried in the Philippines. If she can do it for him, please teach me what prayer I can give to my sister so she could recite it in my son's grave. Please help me.
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Prayer for demised muslim son
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Respected sister, if your son declared the 'shahaadah' or testimony of faith that there is no god but Allah and that Mohamed (saws) is the Messenger of Allah, rest absolutely assured that your son died in the state of 'emaan' and faith.
Your Question: ....My question is can I ask my sister who is a Christian to do the prayer for my son everytime they visit him in his grave? We are living here in UAE but my son was buried in the Philippines.
The Lord Most Gracious is All-Seeing and All-Hearing, and there is nothing in Islam which states that a supplication made at the grave site is more acceptable to the Lord Most High than one made at any other location or place!!! Instead of requesting your sister in the Philippines to make a supplication for your deceased son at his grave, it would be a lot better if you made supplications unto the Lord Most Merciful for your beloved son from wheresoever you may be located on the earth. A supplication which comes from one's sincere heart always find more acceptability in the Court of the Lord Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 186:
And if My servants ask you, O Prophet, concerning Me, tell them that I am quite near to them. I hear and answer the prayer of the suppliant, when he calls on Me. So let them respond to My call and believe in Me. (Convey this to them), perhaps they may be guided aright!
Abu Hurairah reported, "The Prophet (saws) said, "Nothing is more dear to Allah than one's supplication to Him.''
Narrated by Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.
Salman reported that the Prophet (saws), said, "Your Lord, the Blessed and the Exalted One, is Modest and Generous, and He loathes to turn away His servant empty-handed when he raises his hands to Him in supplication."
Narrated by Ahmad and Ibn Hibban.
Abdallah b. 'Umar reported that the Prophet (saws) said, "Hearts are like vessels, some more attentive and capacious than others. When you supplicate Allah you should be certain of being answered, and know that Allah does not answer a supplication that comes from a careless and inattentive heart."
Narrated by Ahmad
If one happens to visit a graveyard or the grave of a loved one, the believers are exhorted to make the following supplication as guided by the Messenger of Allah (saws):
Aishah reported: "I asked: 'What should I say when I pass by a graveyard, O Messenger of Allah (saws)?' He (saws) replied, 'Say, "Peace be upon the believing men and women dwelling here. May Allah grant mercy to those who have preceded us and those who are to follow them. Certainly, Allah willing, we will join you"'."
Related by Muslim.
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