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It is Not Allowed to Seek Blessings Through the Dead.

In our land a man died. The news of his death came during the day. We saw the elderly women of the land going to his house. He was laid out after being shrouded in the middle with the women around him. We asked them why they went to him and they said they did so in order to get blessings from him [his body]. What is the ruling concerning what they did? Is that Sunnah?

That action is not allowed. Infact, it is an evil act. It is not allowed because one may not seek blessings through or from the dead or their graves. Nor is it allowed to supplicate to them instead of Allah. Nor can one ask them to fulfil a need or heal an ill person, and so forth. This is because acts of worship are the rights of Allah Alone. It is from Him that blessings are sought. He is described as being Blessed, as Allah says in Surah al-Furqan,

''Blessed be He who sent down the Criterion to His slave that he may be a warner to the worlds . (Surah al-Furqan:1)

Also Allah says,

''Blessed be He in whose hand is the Dominion. (Surah al-Mulk:1)

The meaning of that is that Allah is behooving of the greatest amount of veneration and blessing. As for the human, he is blessed if Allah guides him and makes his affairs good, and the others benefit from him. This is as Allah has stated about His servant and Messenger Eesa [Jesus] son of Maryam [Mary] (alaihis-salaam) '' He [`Eesaa] said: Verily I am a slave of Allah. He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet. And He has made me blessed wherever I be. (Surah Maryam:30-31)

Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Islamic Fatawa Regarding Women - Darussalam Pg.40-41
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