What should I say when I hear the death of a Muslim? Is there any specific dua/words that Shahaba (R) uttered?

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The prophet PBUH said:

إذا مات الإنسان انقطع عنه عمله إلا من ثلاثة : صدقة جارية . أو علم ينتفع به . أو ولد صالح يدعو له "صحيح مسلم 1613

If a person dies, his deeds are cut except for three: A running Charity (Ex: you helped build a Mosque, charity, etc..) or knowledge being used (Ex: you made a cure to help the sick) or a pious son to make dua for him. Please note that the last doesn't specifically mean an actual son, it can be anyone.

(Sahih Muslim 1613)

Given that, you can make Dua in any way you want or say anything. The prophet said a few Dua himself like (keep in mind that you can say anything you want):

عن أبي عبد الرحمن عوف بن مالك رضي الله عنه قال:(صلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم على جنازة فحفظت من دعائه وهو يقول: اللهم اغفر له وارحمه، وعافه واعف عنه، وأكرم نزله، ووسع مدخله، واغسله بالماء والثلج والبرد، ونقه من الخطايا كما نقيت الثوب الأبيض من الدنس، وأبدله داراً خيراً من داره، وأهلاً خيراً من أهله، وزوجاً خيراً من زوجه، وأدخله الجنة، وأعذه من عذاب القبر ومن عذاب النار ) صحيح مسلم 1912

Reported from father of Abdulrahaman ben awf be malik: The prophet PBUH prayed on a funeral and I remember some sayings of the prophet: Oh Allah have mercy on him, make him well and forgive him, make his decent honorable, make his space vast, wash him with water, ice and snow, and clear him of his sins like cleaning a white shirt from dirt, and give him a house better than his house, a family better than his family, a wife better than his wife and give him paradise and to avoid the torture of the grave and hellfire.

(Sahih Muslim 1912 كتاب الجنائز - باب الدعاء للميت في الصلاة)

  • "Please note that the last doesn't specifically mean an actual son, it can be anyone." Which scholars have this opinion. I usually heard it is simply a son.
    – The Z
    Commented Feb 11, 2020 at 3:45

Extracting from this ayah...

Who, when disaster strikes them, say, "Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return."(Qur'an 2:156)

our interesting part....

"Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return."... reciting this part in a language which you understand (say, ur mother tongue) is better.

And of course, along side, we pray for the deceased that Allah may forgive his/her sins and grant mercy on him/her.

May the creator guide us all.


Briefly speaking, whenever we hear that for example somebody died, the best dua/words seems to be according to the following words:

For a lady who dies, you say "Allah yirhama (Yarhamha)" (الله یرحمها) which in fact means May Allah bless her soul.

And for a man who dies, you say "Allah yirhamou"(Yarhamah) (الله یرحمه) which means May Allah bless his soul.

  • Assalam.... ur enthusiasm for answering is appreciated. but plzz learn how to answer, and plz try to explain it a little bit more... and "What do they mean?" Commented Apr 27, 2015 at 10:11
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    @Tashanna Chamma, as Dear Servant-Of-Wiser mentioned, your nice answer would be better and more complete if you do with more details. So, whereas it seems a right answer, then I try to add it more details with your permission. / I'll illustrate about "what do they mean" too, as Dear Servant-of-Wiser ask. / Good luck both of you. Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 6:32
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    @SEYYED___ALIالسید____علی thats perfectly fine. If anything, i think we need to support our answers. So long as we can keep this up, i reckon slowly we can eliminate the hatred between sects thats seen amongst muslims :)
    – Tash C
    Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 8:13
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    Oh yeah, well done for being such an optimistic and good-intention person. God willing we Muslims should be united against the enemies of the Islam... / Yes, I reckon we should support our nice answers. و من الله توفیق Commented Jul 1, 2015 at 8:20

Inna lilah hi wa inna ilay hir rajioon (from god we come to god we go)

  • Welcome to Islam.SE! Please check out a tour of our site to learn more about how this site works. This answer could benefit from provided external sources and evidence to support your answer. Commented Feb 15, 2020 at 17:59

You should say "انا لله و انا الیه راجعون inna lelah weh inna ilayhii raajeoun" For more information about Islam please check my instagram at @abalfazljazini

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