Q: Respected Shaykh, I hope you will explain the ruling on reciting the Qur’an for the dead. Is
it permissible or not? How authentic are the Hadiths reported in this regard?
A: The act of reading the Qur’an for the dead has no legal foundation in the Shari‘ah (Islamic
law). It is permissible for a Muslim to read the Qur’an among living people in order for them to
benefit and reflect on the Book of Allah. However, we do not know any basis in the Shari‘ah
that sanctions reading the Qur’an for the dead at their grave, before their burial, or anywhere
to gift them the reward of reading.
Scholars have written many books on this issue; some scholars held it permissible and
encouraged Muslims to read the Qur’an completely many times for the dead, making it
analogous to giving Sadaqah (voluntary charity) on behalf of the dead. Other scholars said
that these matters are Tawqifiy (bound by a religious text and not amenable to personal
opinion), i.e. they are acts of worship that a Muslim is not permitted to offer except in the way
approved by the Shari‘ah. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated: “Anyone who does an action which is
not in accordance with this matter of ours (our religion) will have it rejected.” We do not know any evidence on this
subject that indicates the permissibility of reading the Qur’an for the dead.
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