5 things that benefit the dead as per Islam

After death, the account of both the good and bad deeds is closed. However, nothing benefits the dead person except for the following 5 things as per Islam.

  1. Offering the Janaza

One very important thing that can benefit a dead person is the offering of his funeral prayers. However, it is very important for us to at least learn how to pray Salat-al-Janaza.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: If any Muslim dies and 40 men associate nothing with Allah stand over his bier. Allah will accept them as intercessors for him. Sunan Abi Dawud 3170

Janaza - things that benefit the dead as per Islam.

  1. Charitable Deeds

Another important source through which the dead will be benefitted is the charitable deeds that he has done in his life.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: ‘The best things that a man can leave behind are three;

  • A righteous son who will pray for him.
  • An ongoing charity whose reward will reach him.
  • Knowledge which is acted upon after his death.’
  • Sunan Ibn Majah 241

charity - things that benefit the dead.

  1. Righteous Children

Children of the dead can be a source of benefit for their deceased parents as the work of charity done by them and supplications will benefit their parents.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: Give in charity on behalf of your deceased mother. – Sahih al-Bukhari 2760

  1. Paying off Debts

One should be fulfilling the promises of the deceased and if any debt is due or payable by them it should be paid.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ once encouraged a woman to pay off the debt of her mother instead of performing Hajj on her behalf. – Sahih al-Bukhari 1852

Dua in Graveyards

The dua made upon visiting the graveyards will also be benefiting the dead people. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ used to do duas upon his visit to Baqi (Madinah graveyard).

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