Q&A: Praying for Non-Muslims

Does Islam allow Muslims to pray for non-Muslims who have died?

A reader recently emailed us the above question as he wants to perform funeral prayers for a close non-Muslim friend who has passed away.
There are three aspects to this;

  • Ritual funeral rites as performed for a Muslim.
  • General Supplication and
  • Condolences and sympathy being shown to the family of the deceased and respect for the deceased’s body.

The general view of Muslims who are not Lahore-Ahmadis is that a Muslim is not permitted to offer condolences to the family of the deceased and offer them sympathy let alone supplication or ritual prayer. Continue reading

Non-Muslims, please use the Holy Quran

The Holy Quran has many verses which are generally interpreted in a religious context but have a much wider application. For example chapter 109 is usually translated as “For you is your recompense and for me is my recompense”. The word used here is “deen” which means “the way of life”. So you can interpret this verse as “You can believe what you want and I will what I want” in other words lets agree to disagree. This means that people do not end up fighting or killing each other because of different points of view. But no one will take notice of these things until Muslims first set an example of obeying the Holy Quran.