A question by Tahir Mahmood

 

This question came to my mind and it is bothering me. So I needed a clarification.
Inna lillahe wa inna alehey raajehoon” is said at the death of any Muslim. Can we say for non-Muslims too?
Forgive me if I misspell the verse.
Tahir

5 thoughts on “A question by Tahir Mahmood

  1. Why not? Yes you can say it and should say it. As it is our iman that all is from Allah and to Him all shall return.

  2. I believe there is nothing wrong in saying the Verse 156 from Chapter 2 Al- Baqara, as it is your belief, regardless of the religious faith of the deceased. I am listing five Verses from Quran below to further explain my point.
    الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُواْ إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون
    Al-Baqara: 2:156 Say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return.
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    يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَى وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ

    Al Hujarat: 49:13 O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other, not that you may despise each other. The most honorable of you with Allah is he who is the most righteous of you. And Allah has full knowledge and is well acquainted with all things.
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    قُولُواْ آمَنَّا بِاللّهِ وَمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيْنَا وَمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ وَالأسْبَاطِ وَمَا أُوتِيَ مُوسَى وَعِيسَى وَمَا أُوتِيَ النَّبِيُّونَ مِن رَّبِّهِمْ لاَ نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِّنْهُمْ وَنَحْنُ لَهُ مُسْلِمُونَ

    Al Baqara: 2:136 Say: We believe in Allah, and the revelation given to us, and to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to all prophets from their Lord: We make no difference between one and another among them, and we bow to Allah our will in Islam.
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    آمَنَ الرَّسُولُ بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْهِ مِن رَّبِّهِ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ كُلٌّ آمَنَ بِاللّهِ وَمَلآئِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ لاَ نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِّن رُّسُلِهِ وَقَالُواْ سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا غُفْرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيْكَ الْمَصِيرُ

    Al Baqara: 2:285 The Messenger believes in what has been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one of them believes in Allah, His angels, His books, and His apostles. We make no distinction between one and another of His apostles. And they say: We hear, and we obey: We seek Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the end of all journeys.
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    قُلْ آمَنَّا بِاللّهِ وَمَا أُنزِلَ عَلَيْنَا وَمَا أُنزِلَ عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْمَاعِيلَ وَإِسْحَقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ وَالأَسْبَاطِ وَمَا أُوتِيَ مُوسَى وَعِيسَى وَالنَّبِيُّونَ مِن رَّبِّهِمْ لاَ نُفَرِّقُ بَيْنَ أَحَدٍ مِّنْهُمْ وَنَحْنُ لَهُ مُسْلِمُونَ

    Al Imran: 3:84 Say: We believe in Allah, and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham, Isma’il, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and in the Books given to Moses, Jesus, and the prophets, from their Lord: We make no distinction between one and another among them, and we bow to Allah our will in Islam.

  3. In my opinion, yes. Surah Al-Baqra, verse 156 “Those who, when strikes them a misfortune, they say, Indeed, we belong to Allah and indeed we towards Him will return”

    It is not only for death, it should be said for any misfortune just like the verse says.

  4. I am gratefull to all of you who contributed their sagacious opinion and clarified my confused concept.I do appreciate your thoughtful comments.
    With best wishes,
    Tahir.

  5. If we read the previous verses starting from #152, clearly the addressees are the ones who believe in the Qur’an and what is being advised is to stay steadfast in any calamity that strike you by the remembrance of Allah (swt), including the death of a loved one, Muslim or non-Muslim.
    Nayyar

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