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Writing R.I.P (rest in peace) for a non-Muslim after his demise

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Q: Is it correct to write R.I.P (may he rest in peace) for a non-Muslim after his demise? What does Islam say about this?

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A: It is not permissible in Islam to make dua for the forgiveness of a non-Muslim who has died upon kufr. Hence one should refrain from writing (R.I.P) for non-Muslims after their demise.

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

وَلَا تُصَلِّ عَلَىٰ أَحَدٍ مِّنْهُم مَّاتَ أَبَدًا وَلَا تَقُمْ عَلَىٰ قَبْرِهِ إِنَّهُمْ كَفَرُوا بِاللَّـهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَمَاتُوا وَهُمْ فَاسِقُونَ ﴿التوبة: ٨٤﴾

ويحرم سؤال العافية مدى الدهر أو خير الدارين ودفع شرهما أو المستحيلات العادية كنزول المائدة قيل والشرعية والحق حرمة الدعاء بالمغفرة للكافر لا لكل المؤمنين كل ذنوبهم (الدر المختار 1/ 522)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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