What do the scholars of the Din and muftis of the Sacred Law state regarding the following issue: Some people perform a Khatm Sharif (recitation of the Noble Qur’an) on every Thursday and gift its reward to their deceased ones. These people believe that souls of the deceased ones visit their houses on Thursday. Is it correct?

Questioner: A brother from UK


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

Doing a Khatm Sharif, i.e. reciting the Noble Qur’an and feeding people, and gifting its reward to the deceased ones, is a good act. There is no reprehension in this. It is also correct to believe that souls of the deceased visit their houses every Thursday.

Imam Ahmad Rida Khan (may Allah have mercy upon him) mentions that Shaykh ‘Abd al-Haqq al-Dihlawi (may Allah have mercy upon him) states in his commentary on Mishkat al-masabih, in the chapter on visiting graves:

مستحب است کہ تصدق کردہ شوداز میّت بعد از رفتن اواز عالم تا ہفت روز تصدق ازمیّت نفع می کند او ر ا بے خلاف میان اہل علم واردشدہ است در آں احادیث صحیحہ بہ میّت رامگر صدقہ ودعا، ودربعض روایات آمدہ است کہ روح میّت می آید خانہ خود راشب جمعہ، پس نظر می کند کہ تصدق می کنند ازوے یا نہ۔”واﷲ تعالٰی اعلم

Translation: “It is mustahabb (commendable) to perform sadaqah (charity) for seven days after the passing away of a person. Performing sadaqah on behalf of a person who has passed away is beneficial to him/her. There is no difference of opinion regarding this among the people of knowledge. There are sahih (sound) hadiths on this, especially regarding the charity of water. Some scholars opine that the reward of only sadaqah and du’a (supplication) reaches the deceased. It is mentioned in certain narrations that a soul (of a deceased person) visits its house on the night of Friday and waits to see if sadaqah on its behalf is performed or not.” [Ash’iat al-lam’at, vol. 1, pg. 716-717]

Imam Ahmad Rida Khan further quotes a narration from Khazinat al-riwayah:

عن ابن عباس رضی اﷲ تعالٰی عنہما اذا کان یوم عید اویوم جمعۃ اویوم عاشوراء ولیلۃ النصف من الشعبان تاتی ارواح الاموات ویقومون علٰی ابواب بیوتھم فیقولون ھل من احد یذکرنا ھل من احد یترحم علینا ھل من احد یذکر غربتنا

Translation: “It is narrated from Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) that on ‘Id, Friday, ‘Ashurah, and Laylat al-bara’ah, souls of the deceased visit their houses, stand on the door, and say, ‘Is there anyone who remembers us? Is there anyone who has pity on us? Is there anyone who mentions our poverty?’” [Fatawa Ridawiyyah, vol. 9, pg. 654]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri
Translated by the SeekersPath team

Read the original answer in Urdu here – [Q-ID0405] Do the souls of the deceased visit homes every Thursday?

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