Supplicating for deceased non-Muslims who didn't know about Islam
Fatwa No: 216721


Assalam Alaikum My question is about the non-muslims which they are non-fighters who died and they know nothing about Islam or Islam didnt reach them or they heard about the distorted Islam like in the media can we pray for them? to be in the paradise, we ask Allah to have mercy and forgiveness on them or we pray that Allah make them pass their test on the day of Judgement due to this Hadith "“Four types of people will be tested on the day of judgement: a deaf man who cannot hear anything, a mad man.." about those who didnt receive Islam? I read many Fatawas but they are all about the dead non-muslims fighter or dead non-muslims who know very well that Islam is the absolute truth but they deny it and they are arrogant or too strict about their false belief even though they know Islam is the truth like Muhammad's uncle and Abrahim's father (all peace be upon prophets and messengers). Jazakum Allahu khairan.


All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His Slave and Messenger.

It is not permissible to ask Allaah's forgiveness or supplicate for the one who dies believing in something other than Islam while the call of Islam has reached him. That is because of the explicit prohibition of this act in the Book of Allaah The Almighty, i.e. His saying: {It is not for the Prophet and those who have believed to ask forgiveness for the polytheists, even if they were relatives, after it has become clear to them that they are companions of Hellfire.}[Quran 9:113]

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 14165 and 18298.

As for the one who dies on polytheism and the call of Islam has not reached him or has reached him but in a way that cannot establish evidence against him, he will be tested on the Day of Resurrection as it was stated in some Ahaadeeth. For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 85624 and 3191.

However, in the worldly life he will be treated as a disbeliever. But, is it permissible to supplicate Allaah to make him stand firm (on the Day of Resurrection)? Actually, we do not know of any scholar who said so.

Allaah Knows best.

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