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Did Abu Talib pass away in the state of belief?

Is there any evidence that Abu Ṭālib passed away in the state of belief?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم


There is no evidence that the uncle of our beloved Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ, Abū Ṭālib, passed away as a Muslim. In fact, the opposite is affirmed by many ḥadīths and the exegesis of certain verses of the Qurʾān. The Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jamāʿah are united upon this. The disagreement of the Rawāfiḍ and a very small group of Sunnī scholars will not affect the general consensus in this regard. As Abū Ṭālib was an ardent supporter of the Prophet ﷺ, one should exercise caution and avoid any derogatory comments.

For further reading, refer to the Arabic treatise Iʿānat al-Ṭālib ʿalā Iʿtiqād Abī Ṭālib.[1]

Allah knows best

Yusuf Shabbir

10 Ṣafar 1439 / 30 October 2017

Approved by: Mufti Shabbir Ahmad and Mufti Muhammad Tahir


[1] Click on the following link to read the treatise: Assisting the seeker on the belief of Abu Talib (Arabic)

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