A person with dementia accepting Islam

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Q: My grandmother is a non-Muslim. She has dementia so she is not able to understand much at all, but if we can get her to believe in the very basics and say the shahadah, will it be accepted from her even though she forgets the next day that she is a Muslim? Please advice how we can help her accept Islam in a valid way and please make dua that she does so.


A: If she had accepted imaan in a conscious state knowing what she is doing then it is acceptable.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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