My mum returned to Allah a year ago and I'm finding it very hard to cope. I often find myself "talking" to her in my mind.
Is this allowed in Islam?
I pray for her all the time, but I still talk to her in my mind.
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Indeed, you will not make the dead hear, nor will you make the deaf hear the call when they have turned their backs retreating. (Qur'an 27:80)
And not equal are the living and the dead. Indeed, Allah causes to hear whom He wills, but you cannot make hear those in the graves. (Qur'an 35:22)
So, no matter how hard you try to communicate with your mum, (unless if she'z a martyr), she's not gonna listen to you and remember when Allah says it in the Qur'an, that means he is being literal and he means it.
Before talking if it's allowed or not, let me just recommend you to go through this guide - 'Getting started with Jinn'.
Well, there are no implicit verses which say that simply talking to dead people is Haram or Shirk, but people fear this could very soon lead to that stage. After all, all a shaitan wants is that. Hence it is highly recommended to avoid it.
Here is a 'read more...' explanation of how it could be considered shirk.
Anyways, as others have suggested, plz try to avoid it before it gets too worse and when a time comes when you really have to meet a psychologist.
May Allah forgive you're mum's sins and have mercy on her and to him we belong and ...
May the creator guide us all.
brother, you have to know that everything is allowed in islam, which is explicitly not forbidden.
As you are talking to her in your brain, in my own opinion (i am not a scholar) it should b avoided. as this type of interaction is not normal and is not beneficial for you. It may weaken your iman more than your sub-conscious does not want to let go of something, which Allah has taken. So i would suggest that you avoid it.
To cop with it, you should try to recite the supplications of morning and evening. (with loud voice) also, recite Surah baqara more and more all day (as much as you can).
I would also suggest you to contact an expert psychologist as well, as it is allowed in islam to be treated for such issues.