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Dua for When Someone Dies: Learn What to Recite When Someone Dies in Islam

Dua for when someone dies is a ritual in muslim culture, where prayers and versus are recited for the deceased. In this article, all the rituals and cultural take on muslim religion are explored in detail. Read this article completely to know everything about Dua for when someone dies and what to recite when someone dies in muslim religion.   

by Ashika A | Updated Sep 15, 2021 12:55 PM

Dua for When Someone Dies: Learn What to Recite When Someone Dies in Islam
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Dua for when someone dies 

Even in death, Muslims make sure they pay their respect to their religion as well as to the deceased. Muslims have established their customs by following them strictly and religiously. When someone passes away in muslim religion, their loved ones perform Dua, which is nothing but a prayer of invocation, asking assistance from god. The performing of Dua is regarded as the essence of worship in islam. Muslim’s tradition begins even before the death of the person. The dying member is made sure to be surrounded by his loved ones and is convinced to say Shahada (Confirmation). Once the person passes away, their eyes and lower jaw are closed and the body is covered by a clean sheet. 

What to say when someone dies Islam?

When someone dies in muslim religion, immediately they perform Dua. All the loved ones recite “Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un” meaning, Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to him we will return. This is directly taken from the Quran in the second Surah - Al-Baqarah. These words indicate that this prayer can be recited in any situation from death to facing disasters. 

Dua to say when someone dies

1, Dua for the deceased :

“Allaahummaghfir li (name of the person) warfa' darajatahu fil-mahdiyyeena, wakhlufhu fee 'aqibihi fil-ghaabireena , waghfir-lanaa wa lahu yaa Rabbal-'aalameena, wafsah lahu fee qabrihi wa nawwir lahu feehi”

Translation:  O Allah, forgive [name of the person] and elevate his station among those who are guided. Send him along the path of those who came before, and forgive us and him, O Lord of the worlds. Enlarge for him his grave and shed light upon him in it.

2, Dua for their forgiveness

Allaahum-maghfir lihayyinaa, wa mayyitinaa, wa shaahidinaa, wa ghaa’ibinaa, wa sagheerinaa wa kabeerinaa, wa thakarinaa wa ‘unthaanaa. Allaahumma man ‘ahyaytahu minnaa fa’ahyihi ‘alal-‘Islaami, wa man tawaffaytahu minnaa fatawaffahu ‘alal-‘eemaani, Allaahumma laa tahrimnaa ‘ajrahu wa laa tudhillanaa ba’dahu

Translation: O Allah forgive our living and our dead, those who are with us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our menfolk and our womenfolk. O Allah, whomever you give life from among us give him life in Islam, and whomever you take way from us take him away in Faith. O Allah, do not forbid us their reward and do not send us astray after them.

3, Dua for mercy and better in the hereafter

Allaahum-maghfir lahu warhamhu, wa ‘aafihi, wa’fu ‘anhu, wa ‘akrim nuzulahu, wa wassi’ mudkhalahu, waghsilhu bilmaa’i waththalji walbaradi, wa naqqihi minal-khataayaa kamaa naqqaytath-thawbal-‘abyadha minad-danasi, wa ‘abdilhu daaran khayran min daarihi, wa ‘ahlan khayran min ‘ahlihi, wa zawjan khayran min zawjihi, wa ‘adkhilhul-jannata, wa. ‘a’ithhu min ‘athaabil-qabri

Translation: O Allah, forgive them and have mercy on them and give them strength and pardon them. Be generous to them and cause their entrance to be wide and wash them with water and snow and hail. Cleanse them of their transgressions as white cloth is cleansed of stains. Give them an abode better than their home, and a family better than their family and a spouse better than their spouse. Take them into Paradise and protect them from the punishment of the grave.

4, Dua for their station and grave

Allaahummaghfir li [name of the person] warfa’ darajatahu fil-mahdiyyeena, wakhlufhu fee ‘aqibihi fil-ghaabireena , waghfir-lanaa wa lahu yaa Rabbal-‘aalameena, wafsah lahu fee qabrihi wa nawwir lahu feehi

Translation: “O Allah, forgive [name of the person] and elevate his station among those who are guided. Send him along the path of those who came before, and forgive us and him, O Lord of the worlds. Enlarge for him his grave and shed light upon him in it.”

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Dua for when someone dies - FAQs

1. What is Dua ?

Dua is a kind of prayer of invocation in muslim religion

2. What does one say when someone dies in muslim religion ? 

in muslim religion, when someone dies, they say "Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un"

3. What is the procedure when someone dies in muslim religion ? 

when someone dies in muslim religion, dua is performed, prayers are recited by the family memebrs facing the mecca direcion in three lines. the body is covered with white cloth and the eyes and jaws are closed. 

4. What are the procedures followed when someone is in death bed?

In muslim family, when someone is in death bed, they are surrounded by their family members and are convinced to to confirmation. 

5. From where are the duas taken from?

Duas are taken directly from the Quran 

6. What does “Inna Lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un” mean?

it means Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to him we will return

7. What is shahada in islam ?

Shahada in islam is confirmation, which is taken at the hour of death.