5 Powerful Dua for Death [Dead person] from Quran & Hadith

The most important thing we can do for our loved ones who passed away is to make dua for them. It is our continual prayer, dua, and remembrance that will benefit them the most. Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said: “When a man dies, his acts come to an end, but three, recurring charity, or knowledge (by which people) benefit, or a pious son, who prays for him (for the deceased).”[Sahih Muslim].

Death can be difficult, and we all handle it differently. There are no right or wrong ways. However, out of His mercy, Allah SWT has made a prescribed dua in the Quran that we can use to bring some Sakinah. Also through our Prophet (ﷺ), we learned guidance on how to handle our grief and how to help our loved ones by giving them the following Dua.

Dua for Death

Allah reminds us in Surah Baqrah that we will go through tests and those of us who are patient will receive the blessing and mercy of Allah. At the time of a disaster (including death) we should say :

Pronunciation

The following video we have made will help you learn the proper pronunciation of the Dua word by word:

Transliteration

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

in Arabic

إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ

Meaning

Verily we belong to Allah, and verily to Him do we return. [Quran 2:156]

dua for death Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un

Dua for Dead person

Transliteration

Allaahum-maghfir lahu warhamhu, wa ‘aafihi, wa’fu ‘anhu, wa ‘akrim nuzulahu, wa wassi’ mudkhalahu, waghsilhu bilmaa’i waththalji walbaradi, wa naqqihi minal-khataayaa kamaa naqqaytath-thawbal-‘abyadha minad-danasi, wa ‘abdilhu daaran khayran min daarihi, wa ‘ahlan khayran min ‘ahlihi, wa zawjan khayran min zawjihi, wa ‘adkhilhul-jannata, wa. ‘a’ithhu min ‘athaabil-qabri[wa ‘athaabin-naar]

in Arabic

اللهُـمِّ اغْفِـرْ لَهُ وَارْحَمْـه ، وَعافِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنْـه ، وَأَكْـرِمْ نُزُلَـه ، وَوَسِّـعْ مُدْخَـلَه ، وَاغْسِلْـهُ بِالْمـاءِ وَالثَّـلْجِ وَالْبَـرَدْ ، وَنَقِّـهِ مِنَ الْخطـايا كَما نَـقّيْتَ الـثَّوْبَ الأَبْيَـضَ مِنَ الدَّنَـسْ ، وَأَبْـدِلْهُ داراً خَـيْراً مِنْ دارِه ، وَأَهْلاً خَـيْراً مِنْ أَهْلِـه ، وَزَوْجَـاً خَـيْراً مِنْ زَوْجِه ، وَأَدْخِـلْهُ الْجَـنَّة ، وَأَعِـذْهُ مِنْ عَذابِ القَـبْر [وَعَذابِ النّـار]

Meaning

O Allah, forgive him and have mercy on him, and give him strength and pardon him. Be generous to him, and cause his entrance to be wide, and wash him with water and snow and hail. Cleanse him of his transgressions as white cloth is cleansed of stains. Give him an abode better than his home, and a family better than his family, and a wife better than his wife. Take him into Paradise, and protect him from the punishment of the grave [and from the punishment of Hell-fire].

[Muslim 2/663.]

2nd Dua for a deceased person at the funeral

5 Powerful Dua for Death [Dead person] from Quran & Hadith

Transliteration

Allaahumma ‘inna [name the person] fee thimmatika, wa habli jiwaarika, faqihi min fitnatil-qabri wa ‘athaabin-naari, wa ‘Anta ‘ahlul-wafaa’i walhaqqi. Faghfir lahu warhaw.hu ‘innaka ‘Antal-Ghafoorur-Raheem.

in Arabic

اللهُـمِّ إِنَّ فُلانَ بْنَ فُلانٍ في ذِمَّـتِك ، وَحَبْـلِ جِـوارِك ، فَقِـهِ مِنْ فِتْـنَةِ الْقَـبْرِ وَعَذابِ النّـار ، وَأَنْتَ أَهْلُ الْوَفـاءِ وَالْـحَقِّ ، فَاغْفِـرْ لَهُ وَارْحَمْـهُ ، إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الغَـفورُ الـرَّحيم

Meaning

O Allah, surely [name the person] is under Your protection, and in the rope of Your security, so save him from the trial of the grave and from the punishment of the Fire. You fulfill promises and grant rights, so forgive him and have mercy on him. Surely You are Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.

[Hisn al-Muslim]

3rd Dua for who passed Away

Dua for who passed Away meaning in Arabic

Transliteration

Allaahum-maghfir lihayyinaa, wa mayyitinaa, wa shaahidinaa, wa ghaa’ibinaa, wa sagheerinaa wa kabeerinaa, wa thakarinaa wa ‘unthaanaa. Allaahumma man ‘ahyaytahu minnaa fa’ahyihi ‘alal-‘Islaami, wa man tawaffaytahu minnaa fatawaffahu ‘alal-‘eemaani, Allaahumma laa tahrimnaa ‘ajrahu wa laa tudhillanaa ba’dahu.

in Arabic

اللهُـمِّ اغْفِـرْ لِحَيِّـنا وَمَيِّتِـنا، وَشـاهِدِنا وَغائِبِـنا ، وَصَغيـرِنا وَكَبيـرِنا ، وَذَكَـرِنا وَأُنْثـانا . اللهُـمِّ مَنْ أَحْيَيْـتَهُ مِنّا فَأَحْيِـهِ عَلى الإِسْلام ، وَمَنْ تَوَفَّـيْتَهُ مِنّا فَتَوَفَّـهُ عَلى الإِيـمان ، اللهُـمِّ لا تَحْـرِمْنـا أَجْـرَه ، وَلا تُضِـلَّنا بَعْـدَه

Meaning

O Allah forgive our living and our dead, those who are with us and those who are absent, our young and our old, our menfolk and our womenfolk. O Allah, whomever you give life from among us give him life in Islam, and whomever you take away from us take him away in Faith. O Allah, do not forbid us their reward, and do not send us astray after them.

[bn Majah 1/480]

4th Dua for the Dead

5 Powerful Dua for Death [Dead person] from Quran & Hadith

Transliteration

Allaahumma ‘abduka wabnu ‘amatika ihtaaja ‘ilaa rahmatika, wa ‘Anta ghaniyyun ‘an ‘athaabihi, ‘in kaana muhsinan fazid fee hasanaatihi, wa ‘in kaana musee’an fatajaawaz ‘anhu.

in Arabic

اللهُـمِّ عَبْـدُكَ وَابْنُ أَمَـتِك، احْتـاجَ إِلى رَحْمَـتِك، وَأَنْتَ غَنِـيٌّ عَنْ عَذابِـه، إِنْ كانَ مُحْـسِناً فَزِدْ في حَسَـناتِه، وَإِنْ كانَ مُسـيئاً فَتَـجاوَزْ عَنْـه

Meaning

O Allah, Your male slave and the child of Your female slave are in need of Your mercy, and You are not in need of his torment. If he was pious then increase his rewards and if he was a transgressor then pardon him.

[Hisn al-Muslim 159]

How to help a deceased person

There are certain practices that can be followed to help those who passed away when meeting with Allah. Here are some important things that can be done after the death of a person in alignment with Islam:

  1. Give Charity on Behalf of the Deceased: Engage in acts of charity and donate in the name of the deceased. This can include giving to the poor, supporting humanitarian causes, or contributing to ongoing charitable projects. These acts can benefit the deceased and earn them rewards even after their passing.
  2. Perform Hajj or Umrah on Behalf of the Deceased: It is allowed to perform them on their behalf as fulfilling their unfulfilled intentions can bring blessings to the deceased.
  3. Recite the Quran: Recite the Quran and make intentions to dedicate the rewards to the deceased. Additionally, you can organize Quran recitation sessions or sponsor the distribution of copies of the Quran in the name of the deceased.
  4. Perform Voluntary Acts of Worship: Engage in additional voluntary acts of worship, such as performing Voluntary prayers (Nafl), fasting, giving Sadaqah (voluntary charity), or seeking beneficial knowledge. Dedicate the rewards of these acts to the deceased.
  5. Make Dua for the Deceased: Lastly offer sincere prayers and dua like what we have mentioned above for the deceased or by asking Allah to have mercy on them, forgive their sins, and grant them Jannah in your own words as praying for the deceased is considered an act that can benefit them in the afterlife.

Remember that All The previous actions are acts of worship and supplication seeking His mercy and blessings and in the end, it is Allah who grants mercy and forgiveness to the deceased.

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