Sadaqah on behalf of the deceased

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Q: I seek some advice from you insha’Allah. My mother is ill and I wish to give some charity on her behalf with the intention of earning Allah’s pleasure and asking Him to cure my mother through the blessings of this act. Is this fine? Also, does the charity fall under Sadaqah or Lillah? Do you advise a specific amount of which I should give in charity or will any amount within my means suffice?


A: You may give any amount of money in charity. Make the intention at the time of giving that you are giving the sadaqah with the hope that Allah Ta’ala cures your mother. This money given will be regarded as sadaqah.

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

وعن عمرو بن شعيب عن أبيه عن جده أن العاص بن وائل أوصى أن يعتق عنه مائة رقبة فأعتق ابنة هشام خمسين رقبة فأراد ابنه عمرو أن يعتق عنه الخمسين الباقية فقال : حتى أسأل رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فأتى النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال : يا رسول الله إن أبي أوصى أن يعتق عنه مائة رقبة وإن هشاما أعتق عنه خمسين وبقيت عليه خمسون رقبة أفأعتق عنه فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ” إنه لو كان مسلما فأعتقتم عنه أو تصدقتم عنه أو حججتم عنه بلغه ذلك ” . رواه أبو داود  (مشكاة #3077)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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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