As we all are aware of the death of a famous Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor who passed away in Dubai. Everyone was praying for the deceased to which an Emirati Singer Ahlam Al Shamsi reacted angrily on Twitter earlier this Thursday.
“A Muslim should not pray for a deceased person who is not a Muslim or belongs to other faiths.”
The famous singer directed her statement at Emirati Novelist and Writer Abdullah Al Neaimi after he passed a tribute to late actress Sridevi Kapoor by posting one of her movie clips and admiring her era as the best and asking God to have mercy on her soul.
The famous singer replied, “You are asking God to have mercy on her soul! May God forgive us? She's Hindu and you really think God will have mercy on her?”
Ahlam stated that it is Haram for a Muslim to pray for her because she was Hindu which she mistakenly referred to her religion, the late star was Hindu. She also said in her another tweet that Islam forbids the followers of the faith from praying for all the deceased non-Muslims.
Soon after her tweet, people broke series of tweets hitting back her statement. Her statement led an intense backlash. Many people angrily asked Ahlam that how can she judge that who will be granted God’s mercy.
People answered that God mercy is for everyone who does not hurt others no matter whoever they are. While some described Ahlam as a rude ignorant and racist and also criticized the Arab community and its upbringing which led Arab people to hold such rhetoric level of thinking.
However, on the other hand, a contentious conversation was also seen between Al-Naeimi and Ahlam. Ahlam’s statement made Al-Neaimi to ask her if she forbid people from praying for her friends who belong to religions other than Islam, to which she intensely replied, yes she would ask people to not pray for them if they like their faith.
The celebrity retweeted the Cleric’s Fatwa saying that Muslims should prohibit from praying for non-Muslims after their death and said after this Fatwa everyone will be able to judge between right and wrong.
After all the matter, Al-Neaimi had none of it and said he will continue to pray for every peaceful human being who left this world especially if they played a role to make others happy.
According to several religious edicts, Muslim should forbid praying for deceased non-Muslims, as it is stated in Quran,
“It is not for the Prophet and those who believe to pray for the forgiveness of idolaters even though they may be near to kin after it has become clear that they are people of hell-fire.”
But many Islamic scholars have also challenged these edicts citing other verses of the Quran stating Allah’s mercy is limitless and unconditional and for everyone.
“And decree for us in this world [that which is] good and [also] in the Hereafter; indeed, we have turned back to You.” [Allah] said, “My punishment – I afflict with it whom I will, but My mercy encompasses all things.”
Most people follow the second interpretation and pray for every people even the non-Muslims who passed away regardless of their faith. People also say that our religion never told us to get rid of the humanity.